We are excited to announce an in person discussion between LAXART's director Hamza Walker and Yusuf Hassan and Kwamé Sorrell of BlackMass Publishing. This Saturday, January 28th, 4pm.
Founded by Yusuf Hassan in 2019, BlackMass Publishing is a New York-based collective and independent press. At once a structure of coherent units and a collection of disjointed parts, BlackMass invokes an aggregate of Blackness, of matter in resistance. Combining archival photographs and found print material with poetry and jazz music, BlackMass grapples with the blurred lines and idiosyncrasies which make up the collective improvisation of African diasporic culture.
BlackMass have publications included in the permanent book collections of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, RAW Material Company, Dakar, Center for Book Arts, New York, The Thomas J. Watson Library, New York, The Whitney Museum Library, New York, The Houghton Library, Cambridge, The Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center, New York, The New York Public Library, and The Evergreen State College, Washington.
Their discussion will be held at Arcana Books in Culver City on January 28th at 4pm. We look forward to seeing you there!
Our pals at the Deadbeat Club called upon "friend and photo-lord Todd Hido to bring immaculate vibes for the annual Deadbeat Club Calendar.
Here's to less noise, more joys in 2023 and beyond. Happy new year, everyone... we did it!
Time is a central presence in this 22nd edition. A rich, poignant photo essay by Weber lies at the heart of the issue—a reunion with Aungelique Patton-James, a poet he met while working in Detroit sixteen years ago. Equal part reminisce and reverie, this story presents a new, unexpected take on central themes of Weber’s oeuvre: the tension between fantasy and reality, the importance of family, the seduction of romance and the joys of juxtaposition—in this case Aungelique with the beguiling actress and model Tina Kunakey from Biarritz.
The hopeful pursuit of Dr. Denise Herzing, a marine biologist who has spent the better part of her career trying to crack the language to dolphins, is beautifully documented by the photographer Tanya Burnett. An intimate view of Dr. Paul Farmer, the celebrated co-founder of Partners in Health and tireless advocate for the poor, is shared by the photographer and writer Behna Gardner, who traveled with him extensively. And Bruce Weber shares a deeply personal tribute to Alden Powers, a young musician and student who he photographed for many years.
All-American XXII: That Towering Feeling includes lyrics by Geoff Stephens and Les Reed and a suite of poems by William Stafford."