James C. Lewis of Noire3000 has a series of photos that depict some of the most famous Bible characters as people of African and Middle Eastern origins.
The series features over 80 models who identify as Asian, Native American, Hispanic, African, Middle Eastern, Black American and West Indian.
According to him, “I think it is very important to see one’s self in the scripture so that it may become real in our eyes. The whitewashing of the Bible has always bothered me. However I’m happy to now have the opportunity to give a different point of view. I wish to exhibit a splash of color onto the biblical pages of history with my creative embellishments. By doing so I hope to open the minds and eyes of the ignorant and create open conversations of how we can learn to see the world through colorful lenses. After all, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is intended for everyone.”
Even though these exhibition tagged “Icons of the Bible” was released in 2014, it’s still a sight to behold. See them below and hit the slide for more: