Ricky Powell’s lens cap has more swagger than a dancing troupe of here today, gone tomorrow snow rappers. In fact, Powell’s swagger demands 128 pages, a hardcover and a publishing deal with powerHouse Books’ Miss Rosen Editions. Gawk and awe over Public Access Ricky Powell Photographs 1985 – 2005, as Powell captures the people and places that shape livelihoods, as popular culture views them.
The beautiful aspect in Public Access Ricky Powell Photographs 1985 – 2005 is Powell’s ability to let artists use his photographs to create 29 original art pieces in the form of intriguing collaborations. ZEPHYR, DR. REVOLT, SEEN and several other writers have mad ups (son) on Powell’s photographic burners, creating unique takes on their personal relationships with Powell and his photography. Sam Flores, David Choe, Michelle Tarantelli and many other artists (Powell knows people, period) bring elaborate additions to Powell’s photography through a fusion of arts that, if the collaborations were a basketball team, are 1992 Dream Team, good.
Photographs by Powell are filled with emotions, both from his subjects and the people that view them. New York City artists Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat are in Powell’s photographs. Their expressions are full of life, capturing two humans that people forever miss, and this is Powell’s gift in Public Access Ricky Powell Photographs 1985 – 2005; Powell connects people with history.
Public Access Ricky Powell Photographs 1985 – 2005 is light in text, but that is OK, as it is not that kind of book. One page personal accounts on Powell, by Charlie Ahearn, Glenn O’Brien, Zoe Cassavetes, ZEPHYR, QUIK, DR. REVOLT and TEAM are as unique as the photographer they’re writing about.
Public Access Ricky Powell Photographs 1985 – 2005 is raw swagger.