Joshua Kissi is a Ghananian-American Filmmaker, Photographer and Creative Director based in New York City whose work celebrates the vibrance of underrepresented communities through a cultural and historical lens.
His triumphant films and photographs tell stories that are often unrecorded with intentionality, respect and care. He uses his talent as an artist to empower communities of color while humanizing and diminishing stereotypes and prejudices in the images he creates. His work is soulful, distinctive and emotive, representing a truly unique view on humanity and the world. He’s worked with a diverse list of clients including Beats by Dre, Nike, Google, NYT Style Magazine, InStyle, Vogue, and the New York Times Op Docs, to name a few.
Raised in the Bronx, NY, Kissi grew up with an affinity for the arts despite the lack of exposure and accessibility to creative industries. He began his journey as the co-founder of Street Etiquette, a blog documenting men's style with a focus on Black men that became an online sensation with a large following. Street Etiquette has been featured in magazines such as GQ, Complex, Essence and Fantastic Man. The New York Times published an article, “ Serious About Cool” documenting its cultural success.
Kissi is also the co-founder of See in Black, collective of 80 Black photographers with the mission of elevating Black visibility, and TONL, a company transforming stock photography to reflect the diverse people and narratives that are overlooked in traditional media today.
Kissi has been featured as Inc. Magazine’s “30 under 30” for his work and most recently selected as Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People.