Yale MFA Alum John Edmonds featured in The New Yorker!

March 18, 2017

John Edmonds graduated from the Yale M.F.A. program in 2016, and in January of 2017 he finished a residency at Light Work, a nonprofit gallery space in Syracuse run by Jeffrey Hoone, the husband of the photographer Carrie Mae Weems. Style, fashion, and sartorial cues have been a guiding principle in Edmonds’s work, which has focused on men in private domestic spaces, symbols of black culture, and his own body—black, queer—as it is seen and understood in public spaces. In his series “Hoods,” from last year, Edmonds photographed men and women of various races, their backs to the camera, wearing hoods from jackets and sweatshirts from his own wardrobe. The project drew inspiration from the work of the Baroque Spanish painter Francisco de Zurbarán, who made images of meditating monks, their faces obscured by the shadows from their hooded robes. 

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