Born in Cameroon and educated in France, Angèle Etoundi Essamba graduated from Amsterdam’s Photo Academy and holds a BA in art history. Her artistic practice often reflects on the identity of the black woman; breaking from stereotypical representations, Essamba gives her subjects meaning and greatness. Her varied background shaped her eye, and has made her vision simultaneously aesthetic, idealistic, realistic, and societal. She joins the spirit of humanist photography with values of communion, proximity, and reciprocity. Keywords for Essamba’s work are pride, strength, and awareness.