• 2.12.14

    Recent Work by Kareem Black: Vibe and 'Risky Listing'

    Kareem Black's portrayal of the American Dream featuring Kevin Hart fronts Vibe's Race Issue. "Kevin is already having an amazing year – he's one of the biggest comedians out there right now," noted the photographer, "and it's the perfect story: North Philly guy grows up, does good." Black said that comics, in particular, can "go in two completely different directions, as though they have an on/off switch ... like, 'I don't want to be funny right now – that's my job, on stage, and I'm at a photo shoot,' " but Hart proved pleasant and up for anything. "I'm really happy with where the cover image ended up," Black added.

    For 'Risky Listing,' an Esquire Network series that follows nightlife real-estate moguls around New York, Black had room to capture authentic moments between the characters. "I trailed them reportage-style," he recalled. "Some of it was during the filming of the show and some happened at a party that they were hanging out at later." He said he approached the promotions in the same manner he shoots Feels Good Lets Go, his ongoing project documenting those out and about in N.Y.C.

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