March 28, 2023


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ESSENCE Wins A 2022 Nationwide Magazine Award for Images

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Cori Murray, deputy editor, accepting the 2022 Countrywide Journal Award for pictures | Picture by Noam Galai/Getty Photographs for American Culture of Journal Editors

The American Society of Magazine Editors introduced their 2022 ASME Awards very last night and ESSENCE walked absent a winner in the photography classification for the photos, “Of Earth & Sky,” by Lorna Simpson from the January/February 2021 situation.

Deputy Editor Cori Murray, along with resourceful director Nia Lawrence, acknowledged the award. In Murray’s acceptance speech, she explained of ESSENCE currently being identified the prestigious Ellie trophy. “Lorna Simpson was quoted in the New York Moments saying that, when she was directing Rihanna, she told her to believe of herself as a large. Properly, I feel like a large tonight. Thank you.”

The fellow nominees in the photography class had been Nationwide Geographic, Poetry, Stranger’s Manual and Time.

Cori Murray, deputy editor, and Nia Lawrence, innovative director, holding the ASME trophy at the Countrywide Journal Awards on April 5, 2002. | Photograph by Noam Galai/Getty Photos for American Modern society of Magazine Editors

The 57th yearly Countrywide Magazine Awards are sponsored by ASME and the Columbia Journalism University they ended up held at Brooklyn Steel in Williamsburg, New York. A handful of other notable wins from the 2022 ASME Awards, involved:

Online video: The New Yorker (David Remnick, editor) for “A Reporter’s Video from Inside the Capitol Siege” by Luke Mogelson, January 17

Podcasting: Pineapple Avenue Studios for two episodes of “The 11th,” hosted by Hanif Abdurraqib.  

Common Excellence, Services and Life-style Classification: ELLE (editor-in-chief Samira Nasar) for March, Might and November

Images by Lorna Simpson

This was ESSENCE’s initially nomination for photography. The magazine has been nominated in other types, such as General Excellence in 2011 and 2014, in accordance to Nina Fortuna, ASME’s director of operations. ESSENCE won the National Journal Award for Fiction in 1976.

Renowned high-quality artist Lorna Simpson photographed world star Rihanna for ESSENCE’s January/February 2021 difficulty.

The bigger-than-lifetime photographs, a continuation of the artist’s collage series “Of Earth & Sky,” reimagines the narrative of how Black girls, their bodies and splendor, are portrayed in media. In two of the 11 illustrations or photos, Rihanna is juxtaposed against an indigo evening sky, appearing as a literal star, in a further she’s parading throughout a city bridge balancing a huge Maximilian Davis feathered headpiece. The collaboration was called “mesmerizing” “ravishing” and that Simpson’s function “awed viewers.”

The day after the launch of the Rihanna/Simpson protect and accompanying shots, the start acquired over 4.8 billion media impressions and it was lined by Vulture, Artnet News, Phaidon, ABC Information,, The Day by day, Billboard, Page Six, US Weekly, ET Canada and extra. Even NBA fantastic LeBron James Tweeted “Art is Attractiveness and Black Artwork is even additional Wonderful.” We could not concur far more.

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