Radcliffe Roye

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Radcliffe “Ruddy” Roye

Radcliffe “Ruddy” Roye is a Brooklyn-based documentary photographer specializing in photojournalism, as well as editorial and environmental portraits. With over 15 years of experience, he is inspired by the lives of grassroots people, especially those of his homeland of Jamaica.  Radcliffe strives to tell their stories by bringing their voices to social media and to matte-fiber paper.

He honed his skill as a photojournalist by working as an Associated Press stringer in New York covering journalism events. He has worked with magazines like National Geographic, New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, Jet, Ebony, ESPN, and Essence and has also worked with local newspapers like New York Newsday.

Known for his documentation of the dance hall scene all over the world, he has traveled as far as Brazzaville in the Congo to document how Jamaicans and other dancers use the language of dance as a tool of activism.

Radcliffe has also been instrumental in leading the Instagram charge as a photographer showcasing his interest in his community of Bed-Stuy and Brooklyn as a whole. His Black Portraiture and I Can’t Breathe collections inspired conversation and debate online. He was also asked to take over the New Yorker Instagram feed when Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast in October 2012.

In 2016, Radcliffe was nominated as Time Magazine‘s Instagram photographer of the year. His work is widely sought after for exhibitions all over the world. Most recently he was featured on the New York Times Lens Blog, at the Steven Kasher Gallery, and at the Zimmerli Art Museum.

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