Image by Tess Mayer

Adrianna Newell (b.1998) is a queer half-deaf black photographer based in the Catskills of upstate New York. She is deeply inspired by the many different identities of others and likes to investigate the intersectional frameworks. She addresses the unique complexities, connections, and interactions between people. Though there are differences, she finds a way of connection from her own experiences touching lightly on themes of queerness, racial identity, family, and being a woman. Her photos are as if you are in a different world and places you cannot necessarily pinpoint. She seeks to evoke an emotional intimacy and creates a sense of nostalgia for those that view her work. cv

Select Clients: The New York Times, DVEIGHT, Samantha Pleet, Gary Graham, Only NY, DELCO

Select Exhibitions:

2022 May - London, UK - 1014 Gallery - "Palm* Photo Prize 2022" (group show) 

2020 Dec - Delhi, New York - D-Mart Popup Gallery - "Home for the Holidays" (solo show)

2019 Nov - Oneonta, New York - Project Space Gallery - "Sisters" (solo show)

2019 Oct - Oneonta, New York - SUNY Oneonta - "Made in China" (group show) - curated by Adrianna Newell and Nadia Boyea

2019 Sept - Greenville, South Carolina - The SEC for Photography - "Women by Women" (group show)

2019 May - Oneonta, New York - CANO Gallery - "Sisters" (solo show)

Select Awards:

2022 April - Palm* Photo Prize 2022 Finalist

2022 April - Palm* Photo Prize 2022 Shortlist

2020 May - George E. Zimmerman Memorial Award for Art Recipient

2020 Jan - Creative Activity Grant


A Gay Icon From Reality TV’s Early Years Makes a Hesitant Return- The New York Times (2022)

Colleges Turn to Students’ Peers for Mental-Health Support - The Chronicle (2022)

Home Grown - DVEIGHT Fall 21' (2021)

100 Inspiring Black Women Photographers - BWP (2021)

Up Next Group - Diversify Photo (2020)

 One to Watch - Upstate Women Magazine Winter 20/21 (2020) 

"How the #WFH Movement Could Reshape Fashion"- VOGUE (2020)

"How Fashion Inspired by Tapestry and Upholstery Is Dominating the Runway" - Galerie Magazine (2020)

"Gary Graham and His Collaborators Are Rewriting History One Embroidery Stitch at a Time" - VOGUE (2020)

"Women by Women"  -group show at the SE Center for Photography (2019)

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