Renell Medrano is a Dominican-American photographer and director from The Bronx, NY, whose work focuses on finding vulnerability in her subjects, drawing inspiration from New York City and her motherland of the Dominican Republic. She graduated from Parsons School of Design | The New School with a degree in Photography. In 2015, she was awarded “New York Times Lens Blog Award” for her photography series ‘Untitled Youth’, which explored 4 teenage girls living in the Bronx going through adolescence. Her commercial fashion photography has been published in dozens of publications such as Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, GQ, CR Men, and W. She has shot campaigns for various brands, including Burberry, Gucci and Prada.
Medrano has had two solo photography exhibitions. Peluca at MILK studios, New York, and in 2019, Pampara at Gallery Rosenfeld in London. Group shows include 20TK’s “The Next Generation of Bronx Photographers,” Just Pictures and Aperture Foundation’s groundbreaking traveling exhibition, the New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion. In 2022, the artist created the celebrated cover image of Kendrick Lamar’s double-album, Mr. Morale & The BigSteppers—which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. Additionally, Medrano is the co-founder of the creative group and clothing label, Ice Studios.