Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Justin “Suede” Hunte is a documentary artist and photojournalist. He has photographed a wide array of assignments including but not limited to Art Basel Miami, Jean-Michel Basquiat HBCU Tour, New York Fashion Week and Governor’s Ball Music Festival. When viewing Suede’s art, you begin to understand how much his work champions the black experience for artists and heroes of social justice.
In late 2021, Suede released his genesis NFT collection entitled “What if Kyle Rittenhouse Was a Black Kid?” as a direct response to the Kenosha shooting verdict with a percentage of proceeds distributed to the following charities: Youth Over Guns and The Gathering For Justice. Each NFT became available as black and white photographs exploring the contemporary black body as property of the state and how American superstructures are routinely given license to seek and destroy all forms of black militia ideology. The collection was well received upon release and became a featured NFT during select NFT NYC 2022 events.
Suede also spends part-time processing and hand developing film at the photolab of Photodom.NYC in Brooklyn, NY. He attended Regis High School in New York City and graduated from Williams College in Williamstown, MA.