Carlton Mackey is the Creator of BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE™.
Mackey is an artist and scholar. He is an adjunct professor of Film and Media Studies at Emory University and serves as the Director of the Ethics & the Arts Program and Associate Director of the Ethics and Servant Leadership (EASL) Program at the Emory University Center for Ethics.
Mackey's work blends his unique combination of social consciousness, creativity, and social connection to create powerful impressions.
Ross Oscar Knight is an artist who has an intense passion to understand humanity one photograph at a time. He uses his camera to open doors, gaining access to examine and capture the shared truths that bind us together. His strength in communication through imagery was born from his childhood stuttering, his search for a racial identity and his fascination with emotional expression.
Seven years ago he left a career in Engineering, Marketing, and Small Business Development to pursue his dream of becoming an international photographer. To date, he has traveled to five different continents to observe, participate in, and photograph cultural ceremonies that fulfill his passion to understand and then communicate the beauty of the human story unfolding. As a speaker he has trained over 500 amateur, aspiring and professional photographers and as a philanthropist he has supported cancer research, microfinance programs, youth fitness and mission trips to Haiti and Honduras. In 2013 Ross was named to the board of directors for WonderRoot and joined the BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE™ platform as co-director.
Knight is a trusted member of the Professional Photographers of America and his images have appeared in various media outlets across the globe. Notably, CNN, Oprah Winfrey, HGTV, the NBA, Forbes and Essence have featured his work. Also, 20th Century Fox and Lifetime Television have expressed interest in his photo documentaries. His current fine art exhibits titled, Beauty in the Face of Destruction and Everyday Life India, are touring the U.S. In 2014, he published his first book containing selections of his work from the past 10 years. Ross and his wife, Brandi, reside in metro Atlanta with their daughter, Addison, and their Weimaraner, Bauer.