• 3.13.12

    Recent Editorial Photography by Kareem Black

    Kareem Black's photographs appear on the cover and in recent issues of Page Six Magazine, ESPN Magazine, and Inked Magazine. Black photographed New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz for the cover and a five page spread in Page Six Magazine, which was styled by Emma Pritchard. For ESPN Magazine, Black photographed up-and-coming NASCAR driver Darrell Wallace Jr. for their "Next" issue. He also shot rapper Machine Gun Kelly for the recent cover of Inked Magazine.

    Black's shoot with Cruz took place at a studio in Chelsea just a few weeks after the Giants' Super Bowl win. The accompanying article discusses Cruz's rise to fame in the past year, from his stellar performance with the Giants and his signature touchdown salsa dance to his recent contract with IMG Models and exclusive invite from Anna Wintour to the annual Met Ball. Black found Cruz, "tremendously charasmatic and super-smart." Cruz was open to the many clothing options and the abstract and strange set pieces. Black adds the Cruz was "awesome and cool" and they had a great shoot.

    Black traveled to the Joe Gibbs racing facility in Charlotte, NC to shoot Darrell Wallace, Jr, for ESPN Magazine's "Next" issue. The annual issue profiles sports' up-and-coming athletes. Wallace Jr. is featured as NASCAR's next big thing. Black is a self-professed huge NASCAR fan and was very excited to shoot Wallace Jr. for ESPN. He adds that the two talked a lot about racing and where Wallace Jr. is headed in his career.

    The shoot for Inked took place in two cities. Black shot Machine Gun Kelly in Brooklyn for the feature on his tattooes and then traveled to the rapper's hometown, Cleveland, to photograph him for the cover. MGK is a rising rapper who was named MTV's Hottest MC Breakthrough 2011 and recently signed to Diddy's Bad Boy Records. Black calls him a "great performer" and found that off-camera, he is quiet and reserved but comes alive when the camera is turned on. Black adds that MGK is a "genuine guy with no pretense and a definite entertainer."

    See more of Kareem Black's photography here.

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