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Brandon Stanciell: 37 Niggas

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From i-D Magazine:

What would you say if you saw a group of 37 shirtless black men standing together in a field? This is the question that 25-year-old Los Angeles-based photographer Brandon Stanciell posed when contemplating what to name his latest photography series. Stanciell eventually settled on 37 Niggas, a provocative but what he considers a fitting name for a project he hopes will change the way society looks at black men and black masculinity.

The series features portraits of 37 shirtless Black men adorned with tiny white flowers tucked behind their ears and in their hair. In each image the men, who were either cast from Instagram or are friends of Stanciell, appear in front of a black, red, and green fabric backdrop, which replicates the image of the Pan-African flag, an iconic symbol of African unity. Stanciell’s staging of this scene was purposeful — he “wanted people to see how different and vast our blackness is.”