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Cian Oba-Smith is interested in photography as a tool for human connection. Through his work, he seeks to deepen our understanding of each other. Subverting stereotypes, challenging contemporary racism and advocating for the underrepresented. “I want to make democratic work. I want to make work that everyone can appreciate. I’m tired of the one-dimensional middle class narrative. People on the fringes are represented as a collective mass, not as individuals. It’s time for change.”

Cian's powerful work is the focus of my latest column for Creative Review, which celebrates emerging talent and photographers redefining the medium.