Zanele Muholi’s Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness features 90+ self-portraits that explore the complex existence of black women. Each image is powerful and different from the last—exploring race, sexuality, gender, identity and more in thoughtfully provocative ways. “I am producing this photographic document to encourage individuals in my community to be brave enough to occupy spaces—brave enough to create without fear of being vilified,” Muholi says. Also within the pages are 20 written contributions—including a conversation with curator, writer and art historian Renée Mussai.
Compatible with any of Moment’s photo or battery cases, this 58mm lens is a high quality telephoto attachment that improves your phone’s camera capabilities. This means users can capture 2x or 4x on a dual-lens phone (with the help of their nifty app). Whether it be on an iPhone, Pixel or Galaxy, the lens’ focal length allows for compelling portraits and sharp images—even from a distance.
Kelli Anderson’s This Book Is A Camera is quite literally a functional camera and its guidebook. People of all ages can learn the basics of photography thanks to the enclosed folded-paper pinhole camera (complete with a lightproof bag and five sheets of photo paper) as well as instructions for use and developing photos.
Brooklyn-based, Shanghai-raised Pixy Liao explores relationships—specifically expectations of Chinese women within heterosexual couplings—through her striking photography. “I started to experiment with this relationship. I would set up all kinds of situations for Moro and I to perform in the photos. My photos explore the alternative possibilities of heterosexual relationships,” she pens in Experimental Relationship Vol. 1. The book, which won the Juror’s Special Mention of Aperture at the Paris Photo Book Awards, is just part of her ongoing Experimental Relationship project.
This bucket-like camera-holder is a clever way to fit camera and/or accessories into a bag that’s not built to accommodate such delicate cargo. Featuring a removable velcro divider, the fully padded bucket can slide down into the base of a bag and hold the camera tightly in place, while still allowing easy access. Made from Alcantara, it’s abrasion-resistant and durable, but suede-like to the touch.
Available in three different translucent colorways, this laser-etched acrylic tool is a handy accessory for any photographer. Pocket-sized (at three inches), it’s a little grid that acts as a guide to the Rule of Thirds. Photography’s golden rule, the Rule of Thirds equates to dividing an image into nine equal parts—the result arguably being a more compelling image, with the focal point slightly off-center.
Over 392 pages and 40 years of work, Steve McCurry: A Life in Pictures is incredibly extensive. From his first foray into journalistic photography during the 1977 Johnstown floods to his “Afghan Girl” photo, to today, the book contains some 350 images—of which 100 have never been published. Along with personal anecdotes, notes and artifacts, the book is a comprehensive insight into a fascinating career.
Available in five colors, the Grommet Strap can be used on cameras or attached to just about any kind of bag. Crafted from 100% calf skin in Instanbul, it’s minimally branded and offers a little edge with its practicality.
For use with their OneStep 2 and OneStep+ cameras, Polaroid Originals have released a set of five lens filters—red, yellow and orange hues, as well as cleverly designed options that create a kaleidoscope or starburst effect. Just attach the filter onto the lens and shoot as usual.
For all outdoor and underwater adventures, GoPro’s Hero7 HD camera is waterproof and built for steady footage—no matter the conditions. Controlled either by voice-recognition or touchscreen, this device can also take 15 photos per second, record crisp sound and more. Plus, with the app, you can automatically send footage and photos to your phone in a matter of moments.
A collaboration between TogTees and the Phoblographer, this “History of Photography” T-shirt traces the progression of photo-capturing tools from 1893 to 2007, starting with the Instantograph large-format camera. Follow along as cameras grow, shrink, grow and shrink again—ultimately turning into the smartphone. A clever and not quite literal progression that’ll entertain the experts. Available in four colorways.
A beloved documentarian of style, Bill Cunningham captured generation after generation through honest, fashion-oriented photography until his passing in 2016. This, his memoir, was typewritten and tucked away—only to appear now in his beautiful, clever voice. Accompanying the text are many images by the photographer and milliner. It’s an intimate self-portrait of glamour, bohemia and pursuing one’s dreams.
Franchise, the basketball-meets-art-and-design magazine, unveils its fifth issue today. With cover art from Paul Pfeiffer (the celebrated visual artist behind “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse“) and plenty of other work by various photographers, illustrators, visual artists and writers, this issue cements Franchise as one of the most dynamic basketball publications available. Franchise explores world of basketball—expressive, diverse and nuanced—that’s shaped by its players and fans, but also its impact beyond the game.
Youcan Robot’s BW-Space is a the ideal accessory for any level underwater explorer. The drone is outfitted with a 4K camera, autonomous and piloted control features, and LED light settings. The drone does not come with the Control Remote, but the unit features an autopilot mode and auto-tracking for subjects the 4K, UHD camera recognizes as the focal point.
Alex Prager’s newest book “Silver Lake Drive” is a collection of cinematic mises-en-scène. The 224-page hardcover serves as a solid summation of her style—strange, beguiling and sometimes unnerving. The collection of images span several stages: from her early “Polyester” series to her striking “Face in the Crowd” collection—which was shot on a Hollywood sound stage.
At age 17, Stanley Kubrick joined the staff of Look magazine as a photographer. Long before he’d make some of the most important films in cinematic history, he captured thousands of humanist imagery that captured New York City in the mid-1940s. Now, 300 of these images appear in Taschen’s “Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs” and they more than allude to the genius that was soon to unfold. The book’s release coincides with an exhibition of the same name at the Museum of the City of New York, running 3 May through 28 October.