A loan of $5,000 helped print books and create a clothing line for my photography project.

Dijon's story

I grew up in Atlanta, GA. I went to a private, 95% white, Christian, college preparatory school. I got an excellent education and also a good understanding of what it was like to be the "other" in a community. I was the one person at my school who could really move freely between the minority and majority worlds.

At an early age, I recognized the power of art to overcome prejudice and I set my sights on being a filmmaker. I saw films as the most universal way to share ideas. After getting a degree in film and video at Georgia State University, I moved to San Francisco to attend a film production school. I completed the film program in 2009 and began making short films. About a year later I also became interested in photography so I bought a camera and started teaching myself to use it.

I started a street photography project in 2011 called "Souls of San Francisco" to capture and document the stories of the Bay Area community. Since then, I've taken thousands of street portraits/interviews. I post these stories daily on a blog that has thousands of followers where we celebrate each other.

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About Souls of San Francisco

Industry: Arts
Years in operation: New Business
Website: soulsofsanfrancisco.com


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