Test Shots is an ongoing series of portraits taken in the studio with photography couple Rog and Bee Walker. Each photograph, taken mostly of their close friends and fellow creatives, is as striking as it is simple.
Opting for a sombre and dark background, coupled with poised and pensive subjects, Walker’s shots manage to maximize on the simplicity of the traditional portrait style by making use of a medium format camera that provides an image quality which, despite the powerful stillness of each individual, vividly brings the details of each photograph to life. This brings out both a sense of strength and vulnerability in each picture, alluding to the intimate two-way dialog between subject and photographer.
"This is the most organic method of communication I have. Photography is the way I speak…It doesn’t get more personal than another human, and that’s what I’m looking to capture, that connection between humanity." - Rog Walker
Slick Rick. New York 1989. #DefJam30
Source: Truths You Won’t Believe
Debunking more lies and racist misinformation about black men. Stop the ignorance and start to question why these myths exist in the first place, if not to demonize black men and promote the image of us as inherently criminal and violent and incapable of being educated.
Preach.🔥🙌 Society has it all wrong. You do have the good ones who has move forward with there life.
Billie Holiday in recording studio, New York, 1959
Photograph by Milt Hinton
From the Jazz Lives Exhibition @ The Yale University Art Gallery
TG - ON THE LINE
I orchestrated a symphony for a deaf man, and still hoped he’d hear it.
My man MLK Jr.