Portrait Series Celebrates the ‘Illustrious 5%’ of Black Advertising Professionals

Photographer Kenny St. George set out to capture joy with Our Seat series

A black and white portrait series shows 12 black advertising professionals, mostly smiling and happy, some laughing
Kenny St. George's Our Seat portrait series captures the joy of being black in the advertising world. Kenny St. George

Brooklyn-based photographer Kenny St. George can usually be found courtside, shooting for sports and lifestyle clients like the NBA, Nike and Slam magazine. While he hasn’t worked in ad land himself, St. George recently learned that African Americans make up only about 5% of the advertising industry—and decided to shine a light on some of the people who make up that small percentage through the new portrait series Our Seat.

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