First just tell me a little bit about your new book.
“The New Black Vanguard” is a book that traces the global movement of young black photographers who are making their concerns and fantasies and ideas known in the space of photography. It includes 15 photographers from places like Lagos and L.A., London, and New York, South Africa, who are really thinking about black identity as it relates to beauty and sexuality and things like leisure.
In the book what you get are these beautiful photographs that really – it’s thinking about where we are right now as a society but also look back to the past. In any number of photographs you see influences from photographers such as Malick Sidibé or James Van Der Zee or Roy DeCarava, who came before this generation and who didn’t have as much access or as many platforms because of racism. But you have these photographers following, in some ways, their footsteps to image blacks’ identities and to stake a claim to what it means to represent blackness right now.