The Gifted project features a collection of interviews andphotographs of influential Black men in their most naturalenvironments. The men that participated in this project range from 25 to 85 years of age and are in the sectors of the Arts, Business, Politics and Finance. The current selection of participants have garnered recognition and accolades for their work in their respective fields. The purpose of this collection is to ignite pride amongst Black men by portraying a more truthful and honest depiction that honors the creative genius and profound contributions that these men have made to their communities, and society as a whole. Milner’s visual documentation and celebration of these men displays their strength and beauty to create and inspire tremendous works despite a period in history of emasculation and social denigration. The Gifted project is dedicated to Milner’s father, who continues to be the driving influence for her collection.
Born and raised in Southern California, Milner discovered photography in high school. Itwas there that she was inspired and encouraged by a teacher to pursue the art form. After high school, Milnerattended the University of Southern California and received her Bachelors in Communication. In her studies atUSC, she learned about the portrayal of race, gender and sexuality in the media and the effects it has on oursociety. This made her realize that she could have a direct influence on how people see themselves and eachother. Milner combined this new found learning and her love for the art of photography to capture the essence andstories of a people and their individual characteristics. Milner uses photographic portraiture as her primary mediumby which she aspires to capture, empower and inspire the spirit of the people of the African diaspora.