by Christopher Cushman
About the Book
Nearly 30 years ago the photography community was up-ended by a book that helped transform the art photography market. The book of Black Male photographs was both lauded and controversial and sparked an intense debate about race, objectivity, agency. Representation/ misrepresentation of the Black male continues to be a subject of a global conversation. BLACKBOOK 30 seeks to address the subject in a new way, introducing the concept of individual agency to the models.
Andrew Howdle writes “…the Black Book 30 there is a wish to surround the models with a life and a voice. The result is a photographic art that looks in to see the model looking out— such that engagement replaces voyeurism. These photographs are shot with a sense of friendship, closeness, humility and dialogue.”
Christopher Cushman Christopher Cushman was born and raised in Detroit Michigan. Growing up in Detroit in the 60's and 70's gave him a unique perspective on people, which is central to and has informed his work to this day. He began his career in photography during the 80's attracted to portraiture as a means to understand the human condition. Christopher has had showings at galleries in Detroit and at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Toronto's and has been extensively published. Christopher has specialized in a few areas including Dance photography, Portraiture and Documentary. He has photographed dancers from Alvin Ailey, and Garth Fagan in New York as well as Toronto's Ballet Creole. He has published a book on Dance in 2008 entitled "Dance Through Life" and is working two new volumes, one of portraiture Called EPIPHANYNoir and a documentary piece entitled FIERCE! Being Black, Being Gay. His most recent book, BLACKBOOK30 explores the Black Male image 30 years after Mapplethorpe.