John Edmonds' work is born from a unique mythology. In this sense, Higher could be considered the bible of his kingdom. Through the symbolic compositions of color and subject in his portrait series Hoods, Du-rags, and Tribe, Edmonds challenges us to consider an alternative perspective of the subjects presented. This perspective denies the sort of typical quick judgments prevalent in society and visual vocabulary today. Contemplation towards something "higher" and "eternal" is what came to mind upon my initial encounter with this book.
Director at Session Press, manager at Dashwood Books and writer for IMA magazine, Tokyo. Based in New York, NY. www.sessionpress.com