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ONYX Self-Imaging Labs
is a full-service graphic
design and art direction
studio working with
clients & collaborators
in the arts, cultural, and
advocacy sectors.

Founded by Rush Jackson
in 2020, ONYX prioritizes
clients that share mutual
goals of expanding the

Black cultural lexicon.


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The New Black
Vanguard: Photography Between Art & Fashion


CLIENT: Aperture Foundation, 2019
PROJECT TYPE: Publication Design, Art Direction

DESIGN by Rush Jackson & Mark Owens
DISPLAY TYPEFACE: Romie by Margot Leveque
EDITED by Antwaun Sargent




NBV SPREAD IMAGES COURTESY OF APERTURE



The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion, curator and critic Antwaun Sargent addresses a radical transformation taking place in fashion and art today. The presentation of black figures and black runway and cover models in the media and art has been one marker of increasingly inclusive fashion and art communities. More critically, however, the contemporary visual vocabulary around beauty and the body has been reinfused with new vitality and substance thanks to an increase in powerful images authored by an international community of black photographers.

In a richly illustrated essay, Sargent opens up the conversation around the role of the black body in the marketplace; the cross-pollination between art, fashion, and culture in constructing an image; and the institutional barriers that have historically been an impediment to black photographers participating more fully in the fashion (and art) industries.

Fifteen artist portfolios feature the brightest contemporary fashion photographers. Alongside a series of conversations between generations, their images and stories chart the history of inclusion, and exclusion, in the creation of the commercial black image, while simultaneously proposing a brilliantly reenvisioned future.

Press
︎︎︎Best Photobooks of 2019, TIME Magazine
︎︎︎Black Beauty: Photography Between Art & Fashion, The New York Times