Black Balloon Archive.PROUD
Liz Johnson Artur is a Ghanaian-Russian photographer based in South London. For over 30 years, she has documented African diaspora all over the world. After receiving her first camera in 1985, while staying with her Russian family in a black neighbourhood in Brooklyn, Artur realized that by taking photographs she could access spaces she was curious about and understand something about herself. Thus began her 30 year research into the lived experiences of black people all across the world – her aim was to deconstruct the stereotypes surrounding black people and instead do the work of building a body of images that was representative to the different lives of black people as unique individuals. More recently, Artur settled in South London and has been capturing the diverse communities that exist in the metropolis. If You Know The Beginning, The End Is No Trouble, is Artur’s first solo exhibition in the UK. The exhibition itself uses un...
Alasdair McLellan is a British photographer who is famous for his fashion photography and editorial work with I-D and Vogue. Recently, he has published his fifth photobook, which is entitled Blondey 15-21, and revolves around a single charismatic subject, Blondey McCoy. Blondey McCoy was a former Palace skater and artist who also began to attract attention from companies and brands looking to diversify their image. His popularity in the fashion and art world only grew as he changed from a 15 year old boy to an almost 22 year old, with professional experience, and some wild stories to boot. Former editor in chief of Area Homme Plus, Jo-Ann Furniss writes about these 6 years of his budding life
“In between there has been drunkenness, obnoxiousness, coke bloat, fragility, vulnerability, charm, humorousness, imperiousness, kindness, intelligence, honesty – and sometimes all of the above, all at once.”
Love and Resistance.TENDER
Text: As Gay Pride month passes, many will have been reminded or learn for the first time about the Stonewall riots. The riots outside a gay bar in New York which spurred the birth of Gay pride, and became an important cornerstone in the history of civil rights in the USA. Love and Resistance is a photobook which, through the eyes of openly gay journalists Kay Tobin Lahusen and Diana Davis, chronicles the struggles and joys of members of the LGBTQ+ community during and the decades after the Stonewall riots. These images show beautiful diversity, and moments of tenderness between couples and people, while also showing the forceful nature of protest and the need to be seen and acknowledged by the wider community. Davis and Lahusen were both involved in the gay rights movement, but had different viewpoints on how to tackle the issue of forwarding gay rights. Lahusen was more interested creating and keeping spaces for LGBTQ+ individuals...
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