Steven Baboun is a 20 year-old visual artist and content creator from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and a Senior studying Film and Media Arts and minoring in Education Studies at American University in Washington, DC.
He is the founder of Humans of Haiti, a portrait initiative aimed at telling the stories of individuals across Haiti. Steven has tackled several photojournalistic projects like documenting the Islamic religion in Haiti (Baboun is one of the first to formally create a photo-essay on Islam in Haiti) and the roles of women in Vodou. His work for Humans of Haiti has caught the attention of publications like Potent Magazine and Caribbean Life who have written about the importance of this movement. Lastly, in summer 2015, he released a photobook called Island Visuelle: La Femme, which highlights Haitian women, their grace, and their importance in Haitian culture.
Steven believes in creating work that celebrates people, color, and experiences. His work is characterized by bright palettes and thought-provoking stories. He is currently in the process of releasing his second photobook, Nasty Trash Art. This collection of photographs will celebrate the body, the artist's presence in their work, and flipping the nasty and the trashy on their feet.