Photographer Joshua Renfroe Celebrates Black Male Culture in 'Black Boy Fly' Book

With an exhibition to follow on October 19.

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“The journey of the black male is multifaceted, one where both trial and triumph intersect on an extreme level. It’s an important story to tell,” said New York-based photographer Joshua Renfroe of his first book, Black Boy Fly. Within its 240 pages, Renfroe seeks to propel the inner workings of black male culture into the spotlight, showcasing the many unique facets of life experienced by the dozens of subjects he has captured since 2018.

Images that reflect family and brotherhood, music, sneaker culture and police brutality are portrayed throughout the book, all telling a visual story of various stylists, producers, make-up artists, graphic designers and more. As a whole, the work embodies the author’s own personal mission of celebrating his blackness through art.

“It is my hope that Black Boy Fly inspires other black creatives to continue to share their cultural stories even if it has to start independently,” Renfroe said. “There is beauty and power in independent art. The value one gains from executing ideas that are authentic to their purpose as an artist is priceless.”

Black Boy Fly was designed by Fred Sands IV and is available to pre-order now at Thecuratorynyc.com for $50 USD. On October 19, Renfroe will host an exhibition for the book in New York, with copies slated to ship out beginning October 30.

Recently, Renfroe took part in HYPEBEAST’s Scrapbook series, where the creative documented some of his New York Fashion Week moments.

BLACK BOY FLY: THE EXHIBITION
272 Siegal Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206

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Introducing Black Boy Fly, my first photography book! ? Available for pre-order now! (Link in bio) Designed by my insanely talented brethren @ivormerlyknownas . The book is a compilation of visuals that showcases the unique makeup of black male culture. The inception of the book evolved from a personal charge to explore my artistic freedom while celebrating my blackness. Since July of 2018, I have been shooting unreleased content that portrays the narrative of things black men coin, accomplish, and battle, featuring concepts such as sneaker culture, fatherhood, brotherhood, police brutality, music and more. I’m thankful for the amazing people who were apart of this passion project! I love y’all for real. 240 pages, hardcover. Self-published. Pre-Order link in bio! Please tag anyone who you think would love this!

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