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Hank Willis Thomas

Hank Willis Thomas’ first monograph, Pitch Blackness, is about to hit the book shelves this November, so get in line. Published by Aperture, it is a result of his winning the first Aperture West Book Prize in 2007.

I first saw Hank’s work at a photo LA event a couple of years ago. Not only was he incredibly engaging, but his work, thought-provokingly wonderful. It seems like I’m not alone in my admiration, as his groaning exhibition plate is piled high with shows opening almost every month, plus lectures, grants, and awards.

The work featured below is from his Branded series, and there is much more interesting work to explore on his website.
“Hank Willis Thomas gained wide recognition with his highly provocative series B®ANDED, which addresses the commodification of African-American male identity by raising questions about visual culture and the power of logos. “

Hank’s photographic voice is a welcome addition to the fine art community.

Mr. Willis Thomas is speaking at the Hammer Museum this Thursday, Oct. 2, in Los Angeles. Go here for more info.

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