Cindy Elizabeth: Capturing Black Celebration

Cindy Elizabeth, “Family at a gathering during the Texas Relays, Austin, Texas.” 2016. Digital photograph. ©Cindy Elizabeth

In this Sightlines feature, editor Jeanne Claire van Ryzin celebrates the work of Austin-based photographer, Cindy Elizabeth. Mixing elements of both portraiture and street photography, Elizabeth documents Black joy and community in East Austin.

“I wanted to document our time as a group. That was important to do in an environment that didn’t want to cherish or nurture us. We nurtured and cherished ourselves. We built a community for ourselves . . . It’s been a trajectory of my work ever since — documenting Black community and Black joy, resiliency and peace. We’re deserving of compassion and of love. And I want the rest of the world to see that as well.”