Bronx-Raised Photographer Behind Beyoncé’s Pregnancy Announcement Shattered A Guinness Record

Bronx raised artist and photographer Awol Erizku, shot the most liked image on Instagram

Awol Erizku, who was born in Ethiopia and raised in The Bronx, shot the picture of Beyoncé announcing her pregnancy with twins that broke the Guinness World Record for most Instagram likes—9.1 million likes at the moment. 

Erizku is a graduate of Yale’s MFA program in 2014 and his works covers a range of disciplines from paintings to sculptures, and photography and his works have been on display at the Museum of Modern Art here in the city. 


Awol Erizku / ©Photo by Megan McIsaac for Artsy

This isn’t Beyoncé’s first connection with a Bronx artist. 

She has been commissioning pieces from fashion designer Jerome LaMaar, who runs the Port Morris boutique, 9J as well as for her sister Solange and mother Tina Knowles. 

Who says art is coming back to The Bronx? It never left and we never stopped creating. 

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