Stylist and journalist Marcellas Reynolds’ Supreme Models: Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion comprises 256 pages of black models and their accomplishments over the past 70 years—including magazine covers, editorials, catwalk images and more. Beginning with Iman, Beverly Johnson and Donyale Luna and ending with Adwoa Aboah, Jourdan Dunn and Joan Smalls, the book celebrates not only beauty, but also boldness and strength. It also touches on the ways that these voices and their visibility made, and continue to make, a difference.
Published by New York’s Printed Matter, Kameelah Janan Rasheed’s No New Theories is a careful curation of essays, images, unfinished phrases, and in-depth conversations. Using her own writing, works by writers past and present, autocorrected words and phrases, personal images, pop culture references and more, Rasheed formulates a cohesive statement about blackness—and its vastness. While some pages are left open for interpretation (specifically about a dozen Xerox scans) others pose particular questions or address spiritual, socio-political and ecological issues. Limited to an edition of 1,000, this book is available in-store or online.
With The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion, author Antwaun Sargent addresses breakthroughs for representation of the black image in artistic industries, communities and their respective marketplaces. Turning his attention to pioneering black photographers, Sargent opens a dialogue on institutional barriers, exclusion and the tidal shift underway on an international level. The book, published by Aperture, incorporates 250 four-color images from talent including Awol Erizku, Quil Lemons, Namsa Leuba, Dana Scruggs, Tyler Mitchell and more—as well as conversations with Shaniqwa Jarvis, Deborah Willis and CH favorite Mickalene Thomas.
From Impossible Project (which set out in 2008 to revive the analog photography format that Polaroid pioneered some 80 years prior), the Impossible I-1 camera boasts an 82-109mm lens with a five-zone autofocus system—making it an upgraded version of a classic. Accepting 600-type instant film, the camera also features Bluetooth capabilities and its app offers a remote trigger, self-timer and much more.
NYC-based photographer Michael Magers trawled his expansive archives to create Independent Mysteries, a photo book that features striking images of intimate settings and city streets with the same complex and nuanced lens the photographer has mastered in his journalistic endeavors. Each image conveys a moment—whether seemingly emotional or innocuous—with gravitas and tenderness. There truly is a mystery to each image that’s remarkably engaging. Accompanying copy from writers, poets, musicians, tattoo artists, and others offer words that can create context or more delightful convolution.
Authored by multi-media artist Walt Cassidy (aka Waltpaper), New York: Club Kids proves to be a most comprehensive survey of the legendary antics of ’90s nightlife in NYC. Cassidy, a central figure in the subculture, saw firsthand the “artistic, fashion-conscious youth movement that crossed over into the public consciousness.” Though it includes rare photographs, this book is far more than an attempt at archiving an era that bubbled up from the underground; it also works to contextualize modern-day concepts that originated with the Club Kids: “reality television, self-branding, ‘influencers’ and the gender revolution.”
A camera accessory for those who shoot on the move, Tamron’s 18-400mm ultra-telephoto 22.2X all-in-one zoom lens offers an undeniable sharpness at all focal lengths. Whether shooting expansive cityscapes or close-up details, it’s up to the challenge. Moisture-resistant, weighing under 25 ounces, and available for Nikon and Canon APS-C camera bodies, it’s practical, useful and easy to use in almost any circumstance. Right now through 5 January 2020, Tamron is offering $100 off their 18-400mm Di II VC HLD lens, via the link below.
Shot by Ruvan Wijesooriya, this image taken at the DFA + LCD Soundsystem party at midtown NYC’s Downtime club perfectly captures a moment in 2007, a year when both the label and band felt omnipresent. The photograph was used as a poster insert for the European seven-inch version of “Disco Infiltrator” (from the band’s debut self-titled album), and now is being printed in a limited edition of 150 on archival 305 GSM 100% cotton white photo paper. Each print is signed and numbered.
Referencing the classic 1970s Leica R3 in its design, the German camera-maker’s SL2 is a full-frame mirrorless camera that’s undeniably versatile. Its a magnesium alloy body is covered in leatherette and black anodized paint, making it lightweight, but weatherproof. Additionally, it’s ergonomic, quick-moving, and naturally stabilizing. With a 47.3-megapixel sensor and a Maestro III processor, this camera really delivers and begs to be taken out on all your adventures.
From the Democracy Prints collection, “IHRAM” by Khalid Ibrahim (a scientist and photographer living in Michigan) poses a powerful but tranquil response to the USA’s legislative Muslim ban. Of Ihram clothing, the artist says it’s “a garment of equity and peace; it sheds the wearer of any class or social status. Every year during Hajj, millions of Muslims wear Ihram on their religious pilgrimage to Meccah. Whether you are a rich or poor, everyone wears the same two simple white pieces of cloth.” This peaceful simplicity is reflected in his serene image. Profits from the sale of this print (on matte heavyweight photo paper) go to RAICES, an organization that works to reunite families separated at the US border.
Since 2001, HAMBURGER EYES has been independently publishing zines full of black and white photographs depicting everyday moments. Sometimes provocative, sometimes personal, but always insightful, the publication has a distinct look, despite its vast roster of photographers and diverse themes. This 120-page release (issue #14) is called The Continuing Story of Life on Earth and features work by Cory Evans, Nikki Greene, Matthew Shaw, Sal Hernandez, and others.
Comprised of 24 pages full of photographs, Benjie Escobar’s Vamos a Japan! spotlights scenes the creative captured during trips there (specifically Tokyo and Kyoto) in over the past few years. Based in LA, Escobar is a designer by trade, and his photographs are evidence of his broad skills and artistic talent. This first edition of the zine is printed by Buenas Vibras DC.
With 800 by 600 pixels and 318 dpi in each print, the new Fujilink printer creates real-life photos from your smartphone, all while being incredibly portable. With a print-from-video option, there are plenty of edits to be made, and it easily pairs with your smartphone via Bluetooth. Available in pink, white or navy, the printer uses Instax Mini film to turn your digital camera roll into crisp, real photographs.
By skateboarder and artist Jerry Hsu, The Beautiful Flower Is The World is a photo book filled with chaotic and clever shots taken on lo-fi cellphone cameras. In his spare time, Hsu would snap everything from portraits of friends to bathroom graffiti, bedazzled cowboy boots and everything between. He uploaded these shots to a blog, and published his favorites in this 288-page book.
Through images photographed between 1949 and 1950, Leo Goldstein’s East Harlem: The Postwar Years tenderly depicts the lives of that era’s newest immigrants, Puerto Ricans. A Russian-Jewish immigrant himself, Goldstein used photography to subvert stereotypes and spotlight everyday heroism within the community. “We who lived through those years in East Harlem can assure you, his lens was truer than any of the news articles, movies, or books of the era, and we are all enriched by the work he left behind,” Juan González writes in the book’s preface.
Swim and lingerie brand Araks has teamed up several creatives (from Maggie Gyllenahaal to Samira Nasr and Pamela Love) for their Lingerie On Film project. This year’s collection of photographs includes this image by Miranda July. Measuring 11 by 17 inches, the limited edition print is available at six different prices (from $100) and all proceeds are donated to Planned Parenthood. Ultimately the brand will donate a minimum of $5,000.