Steven Baboun is a 23 year-old artist and photographer from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He is a graduate from American University where he received a Bachelor's degree in Film and Media Arts and Education Studies. He's currently a graduate student at Parsons School of Design in New York City working toward his MFA in Photography.
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. Baboun is a versatile storyteller where he tackles issues of homosexuality, being multi-cultural, sex, love, and anger in the form of self-portraits. His self-portraits has caught the attention of many publications, one of them being NAKID Magazine, who asked Steven to create exclusive content for their April online issue. Steven's art film The Last Haiti: The Moving Portraits has screened at the Haiti Film Festival in New York City as well as the District Cinema Film Festival in Washington, DC. His film has recently won a 2017 American University Vision's Award for best experimental piece. Baboun is currently the co-owner and head of photography & visuals at a creative agency and studio called 432 Agency.
Characterized by poignant colors and thought-provoking stories, Baboun's art is aimed at unveiling, challenging, and exploring social topics in Haiti such as social class, racism, queerness, identity, and religion.