Phaidon

The Importants

$50

The tender portraits taken by photographer, casting director and creative director Kevin Amato—for his new book “The Importants”—honor the characters (mostly from the Bronx) he’s dedicated to capturing on film. Amato is a pioneer of the now-common concept of street-casting, and the images in the gold hardcover range from the recognizable Luka Sabbat to emerging and unknown names. Essentially though, it’s a celebration of diversity and fluidity—from sexuality to gender, appearance and race.

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