Ming Smith’s Pioneering Excavations of Black Femininity
As a photographer, Smith pushed back against the sidelining of Black art and subjectivity through scenes drawn inimitably from her own life as an aestheticized and objectified woman of color.
September 23, 2020
Grace Wales Bonner’s?Visions of Black Style
In her clothing, the designer evokes the complicated, fascinating, and rich history of the African diaspora.
August 31, 2020
A Mother’s Steely Portraits of Her Daughter’s Life with Down Syndrome
In “Regard,” a series of black-and-white portraits of herself and her daughter, Lulu, Anna Grevenitis casts viewers as the passersby who stare at her child, a teen-ager with Down syndrome.
August 18, 2020
Dread and Longing at a Nineteen-Seventies Sleepaway Camp
Andy Sweet’s 1977 photographs from Camp Mountain Lake, in North Carolina, beautifully capture the cheerful triumphs and the gutting alienation that one can experience at camp.
August 8, 2020
Tyler Mitchell’s Redefining Portraits
Mitchell’s images introduce a dazzling new narrative about Black beauty and desire, embracing themes of the past and creating fictionalized moments of the imagined future.
August 1, 2020
A Visitor to Ireland Finds Ballet in the Ancient Sport of Hurling
In a new book, “People of the Mud,” the photographer Luis Alberto Rodriguez creates a choreography of bodies at work and at play.
July 9, 2020
The Faces of Those Marching for Racial Justice in New York
Al J. Thompson’s portraits from Black Lives Matter marches in New York telegraph unity and a common sense of resolve.
June 20, 2020
Mark McKnight and the Bodies That Modernist Photography Didn’t See
A rising star in the photo world makes formalist pictures that are hot with homoerotic desire.
June 15, 2020
Scenes from the George Floyd Memorial in Brooklyn
The photographer Mark Clennon has attended many protests and Black Lives Matter marches in New York in recent years. This time, it feels different.
June 5, 2020
An Australian Photographer’s Dreamy Portraits of Mothers and Their Children in Quarantine
For a new series, Lisa Sorgini captured scenes of parenting in isolation, taking pictures through the windows of her subjects’ homes.
May 31, 2020