Cheriss May

Cheriss May is a lauded portrait and editorial photographer based in Washington, D.C. She is a past president of Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW), co-chair of the photography committee at The National Press Club, an Adobe Education Leader, and an adjunct professor at Howard University, her alma mater. She is often commissioned to speak about inclusive storytelling, and she trains and speaks to educators across the country.

Cheriss’s work has appeared in O Magazine, The White House Historical Association, The New York Times, Bloomberg, Time, ABC News, The Today Show, and MSNBC. Her work is featured in a permanent exhibit: MFON’s In Conversation: Visual Meditations on Black Masculinity at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

Originally from Kansas City, Mo., Cheriss is an independent photographer whose passion radiates through her aptitude to connect to the soul of those she photographs.