While LC’s remarks on the state of print media were accurate, there’s still worthy material being published but perhaps overlooked. Kindles, Apple apps and online press may be shifting the way we read and view words, there’s still much to be said for holding the sheaves of paper. Even as one of the faces of new media, we’re still well aware that there’s only so much curating of the culture that can be done online. To feel it, it takes more than staring at a computer screen.
On a whim, I got my hands on the second issue of Respect. After an interrupted sitting of two hours, I walked away completely mesmerized with its contents. Shutterbug love. The magazine focuses on the individuals behind the lens, allowing readers to view the subjects – for the most part Hip-Hop artists – through the eyes and minds of the photographers who made them famous. As classic – in every sense of the word – as the snapshots are, what’s more amazing are tales from the likes of Janette Beckman, Estevan Oriol, Kenneth Cappello, Marc Baptiste and many more, revealing how each shoot was set and which artists were larger than life. They’re only two issues in but the mag looks to be a future collector’s item simply because of their success @ chronicling our culture’s rich history with pictures ranging from Salt-N-Pepa, LONS and Run DMC to Badu’s untamed mane, Clipse in suits, Obie Trice’s ink and Mike Tyson. For now, the issues are coffee table additions that will spark discussion.
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Along the same lines, there’s Neverland by Henry Leutwyler, which captures the King Of Pop’s essence through his garb and regalia. The tome is a collection of Jackson’s performance accessories, all unmistakably familiar to the eyes because they were as much a part of who we knew him as. Even his socks are unlike those of other mere mortals and each clothing item included in the collection is as nearly as iconic as the man who wore them.