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Meet The Young Photographer Who Landed Photo Shoots With Beyoncé And Simone Biles

"Black women are increasingly appearing on mainstream magazine covers after years of effectively being ignored," he wrote in USA Today. "It's still rare for Black women to grace them and even rarer to have a Black woman like Carter shoot those covers."

Growth in the industry During her time in the business, Carter has seen significant shifts in who is commissioned to take photos.

She has noticed a growth in the presence of people of color in the industry, and feels excited for the change in prospects, although she's worried it could be a passing phase, rather than a permanent change.

"I feel like, if anything, when I was talking to editors about just the presence of Black photographers within the photo industry, five years ago, there were none," Carter said. "Now there's been a total shift, and a lot of the work that's being booked now, is going to Black photographers. I think it's a good thing, but it's also a scary thing, because stuff like that, it feels like it could be snatched away so fast."

She also sees a lot of room for improvement within the industry, which she feels is subject to sexism. She has been frustrated when she sees men and women photographers treated differently in the industry.

"I feel like, if anything, a lot of the struggles that I have faced have been more informed by the fact that I'm a woman," Carter said. "There were times where I had to struggle so hard to get images from a shoot, and the celebrity wouldn't send it to me."

Carter credits her ability to see success in the industry both with her commitment to self-expression and her openness to being vulnerable with her work.

"It doesn't really matter where it is that you're working from, it doesn't matter what it is that you want to do. If you keep making the work that you want to make, there will be eyes that will be watching, and things will fall into place."

As she looks to the future, she is happy to stay in Durham and dreams of following in her high school teacher's footsteps by benefiting her community. She'd like to spark a love of photography among another generation of students.

"I think one of these days, I'm probably going to end up going to the high school because I love kids, and I think teenagers especially are really interesting people," Carter said. "I would love to have a community darkroom, I'd love to stay in Durham, or somewhere in the South. I love Durham a lot. ...

"I'd like for my work to be in really neat archives, and for people that are actually going to love and cherish them for a long time to have access to them." ___ Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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