A+P will welcome Los Angeles-based visual narrator texas isaiah to discuss his practice and recent work. texas isaiah will focus on the overture, epilogue, and everything in between that can possibly occur within a photography session for both the photographer and sitter. He will address how he aims to reformat the language dictated by photography as a medium, including the questions he asks his sitters prior to photographing them and how their images are carried through digital and physical space.
texas isaiah is a visual narrator from Brooklyn, NY. He currently resides in Los Angeles, and mainly creates visual archives in NYC, LA, San Francisco, and Oakland. His work explores gender, race, and sexuality by inviting the sitter to participate in the photographic process. The invitation constructs a space to begin and continue collaborative visual dialogues about legacy, self-empowerment, emotional justice, protection, and topophilia (the affective bond between people and place). texas isaiah is invested in the possibilities of what it can mean to be seen, loved, and cared for when you have your photograph taken.
texas isaiah has exhibited at numerous spaces including the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), The Kitchen (NYC), The Studio Museum in Harlem (NYC), Charlie James Gallery (Los Angeles), Slought Foundation (Philadelphia), and the New Space Center for Photography (Portland).
His work has been featured in FADER, Killens Review of Arts & Letters, Paper Safe Magazine, the Photographic Journal, and Spook Mag. texas isaiah’s work has been featured on several catalogue and book covers including the 2017-2018 exhibition catalogue for the Studio Museum in Harlem and Fred Moten’s Stolen Life (Consent Not to be a Single Being). In 2017, texas isaiah was featured in TIME as one of the “top 12 African American photographers you should follow right now.”