For the 25th anniversary of the WNBA, Jordan Brand enlists the photographer for a celebration of its female athletes
Photographer Ming Smith brings an artful eye to the family portrait in her images of women’s basketball’s most promising players alongside their sponsor, Michael Jordan. In a creative project celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Women’s National Basketball Association, Smith captures the spirit and sisterhood of the players changing the culture around the game.
The group of nine elite athletes featured in Smith’s dreamy black and white portraits make up the largest ever women’s roster to be endorsed by MJ, including Seattle Storm guard Jordin Canada, L.A. Sparks point guard Te’a Cooper, Minnesota Lynx guard Crystal Dangerfield, Dallas wings guard Chelsea Dungee, Las Vegas Aces forward Dearica Hamby, New York Liberty guard Kia Nurse, Dallas Wings forward Satou Sabally, and Minnesota Lynx forward Aerial Powers.
“In the women’s game, there have been more obstacles to overcome as people’s perception of how basketball should be played is somewhat unfair,” says Jordan. “We as a society are starting to showcase the game better, and I hope that only continues to grow the game for young girls all over the world.”