Peter Merts’ Illuminating Photos of America’s Prison Arts Programs

For 15 years, photographer Peter Merts has documented people who are incarcerated as they participate in prison arts programs. The portraits, which have been released in Merts’ new book, Ex Crucible: The Passion of Incarcerated Artists, reveal new perspectives about the limits of the carceral system as well as the power of the arts. One such image depicts the theater class at Ironwood State Prison and focuses …

Nothing Left but Healing

A 71-person group book celebrating Pomegranate Press—a Richmond, Virginia-based independent publishing house for contemporary photography, writing and more—Nothing Left but Healing features a plethora of different pieces across its 150 pages. Within the smyth-sewn book are alluring portraits, microphotography, landscapes and more enchanting works.

Nadine Ijewere: Our Own Selves

London-born photographer Nadine Ijewere, the first Black woman photographer to shoot a cover for Vogue, explores beauty (while subverting traditional notions surrounding it) in her enchanting monograph Our Own Selves. Dreamy backgrounds, compelling compositions and vibrant hues suffuse this collection of her work, attesting to the vivid ways Ijewere celebrates people of color and breaks barriers.