Cheriss May Soul Connection Exhibit 
Leica Store Bellevue 
Opening Reception & Talk: Sunday, October 24th —1:30pm-2:30pm PST
Duration: Oct. 24 - Dec. 4, 2021
Location: Leica Store Bellevue | 221 B Bellevue Square | Bellevue, WA 98004
Contatct: Brandon Andre, Manager | 425-451-4060
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10AM-9PM | Sundays 11AM-7PM

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The International Leica Society Annual Meeting 
Friday, Oct. 22 — Featured speaker at the annual meeting in Seattle, Wa
Harriet’s Wildest Dreams Exhibit 
Eaton DC Hotel | 1201 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20005 | 202-289-7600
Opening reception: October 15, 2021 — 6:30-8:30PM 
On View: October 15 - April 1st, 2022
Curator: Claudia Watts

Four women photographers follow the Black woman and the many waters she wades. Seeking to normalize and exalt her multifaceted existence, this collection of images explores sensuality, devotion, gratitude, glory, home, family, and self.
Featured Artists: Dee Dwyer  | Cheriss May | Kyna Uwaeme | Nyeusi Mwezi 
"Been Seen" - Photoville 10th Anniversary festival
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Exhibit Duration: Sept. 18-Dec. 1, 2021
Featuring: Austin Hansen, Dario Calmese, Mark Clennon, Ricky Day, Cheriss May, Flo Ngala, Gerald Peart
Curated by: Novella Ford, Associate Director of Public Programs and Exhibitions
Location: St. Nicholas Park – 132nd Street and 139th Street and St. Nicholas Ave
Been Seen centers the gaze of Black photographers for whom the ordinary and the peculiarities of Black life occupy memory and is a source for exploration and celebration. The exhibition places in conversation the work of Harlem-based studio photographer Austin Hansen (1910-1996) with six contemporary photographers: Dario Calmese, Cheriss May, Flo Ngala, Ricky Day, Gerald Peart, and Mark Clennon. Their practices explore identity, Black experiences, visual culture, and portraiture.
7th Edition Eyes on Main Street Wilson International Outdoor Photo Festival
October 30, 2021 – March 30, 2022 | Wilson, North Carolina USA
My photo is featured in the seventh edition of Eyes on Main Street, Wilson Outdoor Photo Festival in historic downtown Wilson, NC. For 150 days, 100 photographs will be displayed on 100 storefront windows, walls and buildings, spanning nine city blocks. 
Additionally, my photograph is 1 of 20 selected for exhibition: 
— Jeonju Photography Festival, South Korea
— Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival, Malaysia
— Pingyao International Photography Festival, Shanxi, China


Cheriss May Soul Connection
Leica Gallery LA Exhibit
Extended through September 6, 2021
Leica Gallery Los Angeles
DURATION: May 1 - September 6, 2021
ADDRESS: 8783 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048
GALLERY HOURS: Monday - Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm
Full Circle Gallery presents Reaching for Justice
A group photography exhibition focused on the larger movement of social and racial reckoning that resulted in people taking to the streets across the U.S. in 2020. Featuring André Chung, Cheriss May, and Tony Mobley, the exhibition highlights black and white photographs that document the faces, messaging, and energy from the Baltimore-Washington region during the summer of last year.
Duration: June 19-September 4, 2021
Cheriss: August Black Women Photographers Showcase
This month, you’ll meet Cheriss May, a photographer based out of Washington, D.C. We hope that you are inspired by her passion for documenting history, and her commitment to educating the next generation of photographers as much as we are!
Living a Rich Life With Rich James
Featured guest on Beexposed Radio show

Adobe Education Featured Speaker
Virtual Conference
July 27, 2021, 10:30AM
Connection and Purpose - The Photography of Cheriss May
Interview with B&H Photography Podcast
Finding Focus | Sponsored by Leica
Jun 17, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm ET
Editorial and portrait photographer Cheriss May shares her work documenting democracy and creating portraits of inspiring change makers. Cheriss will talk about connecting to the extraordinary in everyday stories, from photographing political figures and events to hidden figures and community leaders.
Soul Wealth Radio Interview w/Dr. Vikki Johnson
This show is an enlightening, insightful, 30-minute conversation with amazing people to help listeners nurture their own souls and live their best lives. Guests range from thought leaders in health, PR, faith, politics, finance, mentorship, and community advocacy to mental health, music, entertainment, social justice, education, and leadership.
The New York Times: The Newest Champions of Caregiver Reform? The Private Sector.
A new council of nearly 200 executives from both Fortune 500 companies and small start-ups are pushing for fixes to the crumbling caregiving sector, saying it is ultimately part of their bottom line.

By Alisha Haridasani Gupta
With photos by Cheriss May
Is Fox’s Peter Doocy Just Asking Questions — Or Trolling the White House?
He’s a born-and-raised scion of Fox. Now he’s sparring with the president’s team on national TV. And the game is kind of working for both sides.
By Christopher Cadelago
Photos by Cheriss May for Politico Magazine
Commissioned Portrait: First Lady Dr. Jill Biden
DC Photojournalist Speaks on First Lady Portrait and Why to Hire Diverse Storytellers
Black History Month Change Makers — D.C. photographer Cheriss May’s work centers on politics and protest. From photographing first lady Jill Biden to covering the uprisings of 2020 to escaping violence at the Capitol, the Howard graduate and professor tells why she’s living in her purpose.
Artist of the Year — St. Teresa's Academy
I was selected "Artist of the Year" by my high school, St. Teresa's Academy. Commissioned to capture the dedication of the new St. Teresa of Avila statue, a 3500 pound marble statue created in Italy. The statue replaces a statue of the patron Saint Joseph which stood at the entrance of the campus since 1903.
Vice News Interview
I talk about covering The March on Washington, 57 years later still marching for some of the same things and the hope for change. Also, knowing Chad Boseman as my next door neighbor and an image I created of him is part of a permanent exhibit called: "In Conversation: Visual Meditations on Black Masculinity" at The African American Museum in Philadelphia.
The Story Behind Her: Photojournalist Cheriss May Is Changing the Status Quo Through Photography
Featured in Ms. Magazine
University of Delaware Magazine
Portrait of First Lady Dr. Jill Biden
The New York Times: Psychiatry Confronts Its Racist Past, and Tries to Make Amends
But there is a lot to apologize for — from Reconstruction to today.
By Judith Warner
Portrait of Dr. Danielle Hairston, president Black Caucus, A.P.A. by Cheriss May
The New York Times: Child Care in Crisis: Can Biden’s Plan Save It?
Child-care centers improvised during the pandemic, scrambling to stay open with razor-thin budgets and little government guidance. How long will the short-term solutions last?
By Alisha Haridasani Gupta
Photography of ACCA Child Care Center by Cheriss May
The New York Times: How the Pandemic Has Been Devastating for Children From Low-Income Families
In communities struggling with poverty and gun violence, the coronavirus has only inflamed the difficulties that many families already were enduring.
By Dan Levin
Photos by Cheriss May
CNN 2020 The Year in Pictures
Photo featured in CNN's Year in Pictures (September).
Women Photograph: 2020 Year in Pictures
Photo featured in Women Photograph: 2020 Year in Pictures. Curated by Oriana Koren
Movements, Moments & Memory with Sheila Pree Bright & Cheriss May
Artist talk/conversation for Leica
NPR: Black Photographers Speak From Behind 'The Black Shutter'
Lead photo and spotlight in the story
Selected as a judge for POY 2021 
Pictures of the Year International, the oldest and most prestigious photojournalism program and competition in the world, this year is the 78th competition. POY, a program of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism, recognizes the best photojournalism, online presentation and visual editing created or published in 2020.

The International Center of Photography Lecture
"We are pleased to announce the winter/spring season of our photographer lecture series, ICP Talks. Join us online for four one-hour lectures featuring inspiring photographers who champion social change through photography, use innovative practices that expand the form, and critically engage with the role of images in visual culture today.

The season includes photojournalist Cheriss May on documenting democracy"

Click for more into/to register
How Black and White Photography Gives Your Work New Life
Story feature
The New York Times: Food Insecurity Story (Story I wrote and photographed)
Over the course of a few months, I spent time with the Capital Area Food Bank, Kingdom Fellowship A.M.E. Church, Rainbow Family Christian Center, Urban Outreach Inc., the Humane Rescue Alliance and the numerous volunteers who have been working to help address food insecurity in the Washington metropolitan area.
BBC News: Week in Pictures
Chrysler Museum of Art Exhibition 
Work selected for exhibition at the Chrysler Museum of Art. 
On view now through Jan. 3, 2021.
Cheriss May: Beyond the Protest
Solo Exhibition of Photographs Exploring the Intersection of Race, Politics, and Protest in the Wake of the National Reckoning on Racial Injustice

Adobe MAX HBCU Series
Commissioned video I created for Adobe with Howard students. Director, producer, and featured still images.
Leica - Her Legacy Blog Feature
TELL YOUR STORY. Look at what’s important to you, and your community.. Find your passion… know your purpose and tell your story. I’ll never forget this advice one of my mentors Fred Watkins gave me — If you see all the photographers going one direction, go another way, your story will always be different from everyone else’s.
The Power of Visual Storytelling 
"There is power in story. Join photographer @cherissmay & me next week on @CreativeLive TV as we record our podcast live! Cheriss is the president of @wpowdc, an @adobe Education Leader, @HowardU Prof & Alum + an overall powerhouse!"
— Kenna Klosterman 


Adobe for Education Panel
Live interactive panel, "Preparing Students for a Changing World with Emerging Technologies", moderated by Tacy Trowbridge, Head of Adobe for Education programs and policy. Featured panelists include: Cheriss May, Howard University, Lisa Gottfried, New Tech High School, and Stephen Marshall, East Tennessee State University.
Adobe Career Bootcamp Mentor
Special pre-conference day full of inspiration, skill building, networking, and mentorship at Adobemax 2020
The New York Times: 7 Things to Do This Weekend
Our critics and writers have selected noteworthy cultural events to experience virtually or in person in New York City.
Selected for 7 things to do by The New York Times
Leica Camera Commissioned Talk - Photoville
"The Gravity of Inclusive Storytelling: A conversation with Cheriss May" at Photoville.
The PHOTOVILLE Festival, New York City’s FREE premier photo destination, returns for a ninth year in a different way – online community and artist programming plus photo exhibitions in public spaces throughout New York City.
This annual community gathering features public exhibitions, virtual online storytelling events, artist talks, workshops, demonstrations, educational programs, and community programming.
The Photoville Festival provides an accessible venue for photographers and audiences from every walk of life to engage with each other, and experience thought-provoking photography from across the globe – with free admission for all!
CHERISS MAY: BEYOND THE PROTEST 
Photographer and educator Cheriss May shares her experiences covering the intersectionality of race, politics, and protest, in the wake of the national reckoning on racial injustice. May will then be joined by CCP Director, Anne Breckenridge Barrett, for conversation and virtual Q&A with the audience.
Adobe Create Magazine Interview
My interview as a photographer, guest editor and curator for Adobe Create magazine.
Spotify Commissioned Talk
Commissioned by Spotify to give an inspirational talk on inclusive storytelling.
Today Show: Hoda & Jenna NYT Family Protest Story
Story I pitched that was published in The New York Times, was picked up by The Today Show
The New York Times: Portraits of Families in Protest
"Cheriss May, a freelance photojournalist in Washington, D.C., was heartbroken when she heard how her young relatives were processing the news of George Floyd’s death. But when her cousin, their father, J. Jioni Palmer, organized a protest for families to attend together, it became a teachable moment. First, J. Jioni and his son Middleton, 8, marched from their home to a busy intersection, holding signs that read: “A Man Was Lynched.” The next day, Palmer’s wife, Ashli, and their other son, Caldwell, 5, joined. Cheriss picked up her camera and began documenting her family. By the third day, more than 20 people had joined — and within a week, there was a crowd of 60, many of whom were children.⁣"
Judge for The Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards
Reporting While Black: Covering Election 2020
Panel discussion with Shaquille Brewster, NBC News, Milton Coleman, Howard University Hearst visiting professor, Michelle Johnson, Boston University, Cheriss May, Photographer & educator, and moderator Ingrid Sturgis, Howard University! 
Speaker: "Remember the Time: Photography In The Movement"
Speaker at Adcolor's annual conference Sept. 8-10, 2020. Theme: “Here For It”. It’s about showing up, being present, continuing the fight and striving for progress. "Join ADCOLOR & 250+ speakers as we ignite conversations about diversity & inclusion in the creative industries." 
Focus on the Story Board Member
"We're thrilled to announce that Cheriss May has joined the Focus on the Story board of directors! She's a mainstay in Washington, DC photography circles, serving as president of the
WPOW: Women Photojournalists of Washington, covering this year's uprising, with her work appearing in the New York Times and carried by Reuters, teaching at Howard University and appearing as a frequent podcast and webinar guest, including during this year's Focus on the Story International Photo Festival, and recently at the Photoville festival. We're looking forward to having her help us take our festival to the next level."
Photo Contest Judge
Afrotographers' 2020 March on Washington Photo Competition
National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) 
Photo featured in the July/August 2020 edition. Click to read

Top Photo of the Day and Photo of the Week
My first assignment with Reuters to cover the White House on August 2, 2020, which meant going out to Trump National Golf Club in Sterling Virginia, there were protestors and supporters at the entrance of the club. My picture of a protestor in a Grim Reaper costume holding a sign with the number 152K to represent the number of victims of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the U.S., was selected as a "Top Photo of the Day".
School of the New York Times: Guest Speaker
Zoom presentation I conducted for a photojournalism class, on my work and career as a photojournalist.
BET Social Justice Campaign ‘Content for Change’
Three of my images were selected for BET's social justice initiative PSA that first  aired during the 2020 BET Awards. “The initiative is being carried out by BET and various corporations, civil rights groups, and social justice organizations with the intent to positively impact social justice outcomes for Black Americans. It will support the creation, distribution, marketing, and promotion of content aimed at ending systemic racism in America in areas such as education, healthcare, civic participation, and economic empowerment.”
The Pieces We Are
My image was selected for this virtual gallery. 
After a month of no work, this self portrait was taken after coming back from my first assignment since the global coronavirus pandemic. I felt so uninspired, and uncertain about my future.
Adobe Meeting - Photo Presentation
A slideshow with my photos was presented at the beginning of an Adobe employee meeting. Shantanu Narayen, Adobe CEO, presented it during a reflection of the present moment of protests, and uprisings that are happening across the country. 
Documenting a National Reckoning on Race and Justice
Powerful discussion with Black photographers and photo editors who share their experiences covering a historic reckoning on race and justice and why doing so carries the weight of the generations that came before them.
As millions take to the streets to protest racism, police brutality and a system that suppresses the voices of Black Americans and people of color, it has put a spotlight on the role of the photographers documenting this historic reckoning.
Admitn’ It Podcast — Episode 18: Homecoming at an HBCU
"In this week's episode, Netty and D get the opportunity to interview a photographer/ photojournalist/ Howard alumni and dope human Cheriss May. They gain more insight on what photos mean to her, what it’s like being a photographer, and we even get to hear funny stories about Netty at Howard's Homecoming. You don’t want to miss this episode."

Episode 10 - Say it Loud 
"Tune in to hear Washington DC based photojournalist and professor, Cheriss May, discuss her time photographing politics as a Black woman. She also speaks on her experiences as both a student and professor at Howard University and the importance of having that community. I've never had a Black photography professor. Never had a Black graphic design professor either. I remember sitting in classes at ICP and hearing instructors speak high praise about all of their favorite photographers and none of them looked like me. I was angered, confused and inspired. Knowing that Cheriss May is a professor and is able to share her thoughts, inspiration and real world experience with students who resemble her is amazing. Make sure you tune in. Peace!" — Idris Solomon, Black Shutter Podcast
The Candid Frame — Episode 518
"Ibarionex Perello, Idris Talib Solomon, and Cheriss May are three of the finest creators in photojournalism and documentary photography today. Even if you're not a photographer, please take the time to listen to this episode."
Reporters On The Frontlines During Two Pandemics
"Two major issues are taking place in America at the same time:  Protests in the streets demanding changes to policing in America and the Coronavirus crisis.  Reporters are out there, on the frontlines, covering it all while trying to stay safe and keep a balanced perspective."
Reporting While Black: Journalists on the Front Lines
"Black journalists oftentimes have to live in two worlds when it comes to covering controversial stories on race. As journalism faculty who have all served as working journalists, we want to provide an opportunity for candid conversations with media professionals covering George Floyd's death and subsequent protests."  
Philadelphia Tribune Interview
“In Conversation: Visual Meditations on Black Masculinity” is a two-gallery exhibition of photography that explores the construct of Black masculinity, through the lenses of 55 women and non-binary photographers of African descent. Photographer Cheriss May is one of the women involved in the project. Thank you to the curators of the exhibit: Laylah Amatullah Barrayn and Adama Delphine Fawundu.

Motivation Monday: Using visual storytelling to impact the world
"WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Passionate about history, culture, and storytelling through photography, visual journalist and educator Cheriss May has captured many historical moments. She joined us on the big yellow couch to share her passion for photography."
Photos Featured on 'The Chew'
Chef Carla Hall shared photos I took at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art's Awards Gala on the show.
Focus on the Story — Virtual International Photo Festival 2020
Panel to talk about photographers' rights, options for those who want to use social media but don’t want to give up control of their images. Panelists: Louis J. Levy, a DC attorney who specializes in copyright and trademark issues, Thomas Maddrey, general counsel for the American Society of Media Photographers, Cheriss May, president of the Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW), and Allen Murabayashi, co-founder of PhotoShelter.
'Tension' - Artist Talk
Closing reception for Click DC, artist talk that examines the relationship between Tension, Life, and Art. Featuring: Kirth Bobb, Kanayo Adibe, Dee Dwyer and Cheriss May. Moderated by Mollie Q. Coleman of High Caliber Events.
Howard University Magazine Profile
"When she was a kid back in Kansas City, Missouri, with her Kodak camera, she would take pictures everywhere she went. Her parents were very encouraging of her and would upgrade her camera, motivating her to take photography classes in high school and eventually when she came to Howard University."
The Stories and Lives of Women, Told in Women’s Voices
Female photographers document the stories and lives of women. 
11th Annual Juried Show at FotoWeekDC, this year’s competition was judged by Diàna Markosian, Jenn Poggi and Maggie Steber. The exhibition displays the work of many women in photojournalism in the Washington metropolitan area.
Howard University To Be Present At Adobe Worldwide Sales Conference
"Howard University has been selected to attend the Adobe Worldwide Sales Conference this December in Las Vegas. Howard will be the only historically Black college or university at the conference, joining the University of California, Berkeley and University of North Carolina. Representing Howard will be award-winning photojournalist and digital design adjunct professor, Cheriss May, along with two students – senior Sydne Barard and sophomore Kiara Hardy. The conference will include leaders in industries of photography, video production, documentary filmmaking and storytelling."
AIGA DC — Nonbook Book Club
Guest of AIGA DC for an online monthly chat series through Slack covering design and diversity. 
Guest - Impact the World Radio Show
Invited to speak on Cheryl Wood's radio show: "Impact the World" about my experience as a photographer.

Speaker - 108th NAACP Annual Convention
Commissioned to speak about my time and experience covering the Obamas at The White House as a press photographer, at the 108th NAACP Annual Convention, Arts and Entertainment Day.
"Arts and Entertainment Day is a daylong series of conversations on the power and impact of the arts and entertainment industry.  Produced by the NAACP Hollywood Bureau, the purpose of the forum is to help audiences better understand the entertainment industry and learn how to leverage arts and entertainment as a tool for activism and advocacy. The series of topics will engage, entertain and enlighten those attending the NAACP 108th Annual Convention."   
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