Brooklyn based photographer Brian Shumway recently published his new book, “Black Girl.” The project is arranged as a portrait series of everyday african-american woman pursuing their dreams of becoming professional models. Blurring the line between fashion, portraiture, and documentary photography, Shumway’s images showcase a side rarely seen in the industry. He explains his choice of subject matter in two ways, socially because, ”there is a central paradox to women of color pursuing modeling within a fashion industry that historically demonstrates a persistent fondness for caucasian models,” and aesthetically for the, “unique and alluring beauty, with deep, rich skin tones, full lips and bodies, and curly hair,” that black women posses. Check out Shumway’s muse on Gallery Stock, and the book, ”Black Girl,” available here in hard and soft covers.
Gallery Stock Photographer Marcus Bastel’s book, “But Where are All the People,” won Honorable Mention in the Photography Book Now International Juried Competition. The jury included a plethora of recognized photographers and industry heavyweights. With his duel talents in photography and fiction writing, Bastel is unparalleled when it comes to the publication of photo books. “But where are All the People,” not to be confused with any of his published fiction, expresses Bastel’s affinity for the American Southwest, focusing on the vastness and emptiness of the landscape.