Believable

Traveling with My Ancestors

A stunning full-color collection of photographs, old and new, by the renowned photographer and LGBTQIA+ activist Lola Flash

“To experience Lola Flash’s portraits is to come face to face, eye to eye, with a subject who will not stay on the margins or in the shadows.” —The New York Times

Working at the forefront of genderqueer visual politics, celebrated photographer Lola Flash has become known for images that manage both to interrogate and transcend preconceptions about gender, sex, and race. Spurred by her experience as an active member of ACT UP and ART+ during the time of the AIDS epidemic in New York City, her art is profoundly connected to her activism, fueling a lifelong commitment to visibility and preserving the legacy of queer communities, especially queer communities of color.

The seventeenth volume in a groundbreaking series of LGBTQ-themed photobooks from The New Press, Believable draws on the extraordinary body of work that Flash has created over three decades, from her iconic “cross-color” images from the 1980s and early 1990s through to her more recent photography, which used the framework of Afrofuturism to examine the intersection of Black culture and technoculture and science fiction. Also included in the book are portraits that explore the impact of skin pigmentation on Black identity and consciousness, as well as people who have challenged traditional concepts of gender and trendsetters in the urban underground cultural scene.

In all her images, her passion for photography and her belief in the medium’s ability to provide agency and freedom and initiate change shine through. For the first time, Believable brings together the remarkable work of this queer art icon.

Believable was designed by Emerson, Wajdowicz Studios (EWS).

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