If, because he's black and a photographer, is he still a black photographer?
Featured Comment by Amadou Diallo: "In a perfect world, I would agree with Nikos' comment that the identity of the photographer is pointless unless you are marketing your work along a socio-political bent (a perfectly valid approach, in my opinion).
"But as an African-American photographer whose work doesn't chronicle, say, the lives of underserved and disenfranchised urban populations, I'm often met with questions as to why I shoot landscapes, botanical images, Japanese shrines, etc, instead of drug dens in (substitute whatever locale makes you think of '70s–'80s era Harlem stereotypes). The overwhelming expectation in the art world is that 'black' artists create work that is documentary in nature, ie addressing directly inequality and/or injustice.
"So even if you don't ascribe such defining labels to your work, there are plenty of others that will try to do it for you."
Featured Comment by Bahi: "Compare musicians and photographers to see just how lucky we are. A photographer can carry any number of labels that describe approach, intent, equipment or medium. It's possible to be at once a colour photographer, a large-format photographer and a fine-art photographer. None of the popular labels imply anything racial as far as I can remember.
"Compare with musical examples: rhythm'n'blues, hip hop, soul, gospel, country and, to the bemusement of musicians the world over, world music. There are definitely some links to race, even when we think they're just descriptions of musical style, probably because we can often tell so much about the singer when we listen to the music. That doesn't sound in any way a bad thing till you try to define the boundaries of these categories; see recent comments by Estelle, a young black British singer reacting to the promotion of white British acts like Adele and Duffy as soul singers, here, and a response here.
"I can understand and applaud what the Black Photographers Annual represented at the time but am so glad that we appear to be past the stage where it matters so much."