Quil Lemons is a New York based photographer best known for soft, lithe portraits of people of color in circumstances rarely afforded to them in popular imagery.
Lemons’ body of work straddles fantasy and realism, resulting in disruptive images that feel like pure imagination while simultaneously grounding one in references to contemporary culture. Alongside shooting fashion campaigns for brands like Urban Outfitters, his work includes viral self-portraits, and editorials for publications like Vogue, Allure, GQ, Valentino, Fader, and i-D. In 2021, Lemons became the youngest person to photograph the lead image used on the cover of Vanity Fair.
Having refined his art since taking to photography as a hobby, Lemons has carved out a reputation for sharp and evocative portraiture and is determined to cultivate a space where he can be authentically heard through images.
Lemons’ collections have been exhibited in historic curatorial spaces such as the International Center of Photography, New York, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.