Black British queer photographer and archive curator, Ajamu X, has been at the forefront of genderqueer photography since the early 1990s. To mark the launch of his photography book AJAMU : ARCHIVE, we’re sharing a selection of images from the publication, which unapologetically celebrates queer Black bodies, desire, difference and pleasure activism.
Published in a print run of only 500 copies following the artist’s successful Kickstarter campaign, the artist’s book includes photographic works that have never been exhibited or published before alongside specially commissioned texts from Johnny Golding and Dr Sheena Calvert, contextualising Ajamu’s practice at this pivotal point in his career.
On our blog, you can also read our newly commissioned text from Jason Okundaye, who provides a personal response to the artist’s book and considers the significance of queer erotica in the archives of Black cultural memory.
To celebrate the recent publication of the book AJAMU : ARCHIVE, Autograph has released a special limited edition print of this photograph. Available exclusively in our online shop.
Ajamu is a fine art/commercial photographer and archivist, with over 25 years of experience of exhibiting in museums, galleries and alternative spaces worldwide.
His work includes portraits and self-portraits, which unapologetically celebrate black queer bodies, the erotic senses, desire and pleasure as activism. Find out more on Ajamu's website.
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