Honoring Black Artists - Cleo Cartwright

The Self Publication - Juneteenth Showcase

In honor of Juneteenth this year, The Self Publication is featuring Black creatives in a week-long showcase to highlight our creativity, resilience, and multifaceted methods of beautifully expressing our emotions and mindsets while navigating systemic antiBlackness in our society.

Today we would like to present: Cleo Cartwright


About the artist:

Cleo Cartwright is a published portrait photographer based in Chicago, IL. The photographic artist has been photographing since the age of seven. The artist states:

"I've always felt photography was the only way to express myself and for around me to what I wanted to communicate without using words. I aspire to let my voice be heard without words. My work reflects my happiness, my pain, and how I see art through a different lens. I hope to one day create a name for myself. I want to continue to admire my community and create pillars of strength for them all to look up to."


Image from the "Free-ish Since....?" photo series:

The images celebrate Juneteenth and LGBTQ Pride Month. Continuing to have conversations about equality, modern-day oppression, & police brutality.



Check out more work from the artist by clicking here.