Real shit, it was never on my bucket list to have my work acquired by a museum. When shifting from a career in K-12 education, I just wanted to work as an artist and make dope shit, my(our) definition of good. Like the seventh day is good, ya feel me. However, I appreciate having my work in dialogue with others that have chosen this path. It wasn’t until last year that I learned that making art is better when we are happy to be part of the group of humans that appreciate being in chorus with others. It is not a pursuit without struggle or problems (capitalism and ‘unhealthy’ competition) but it can be a wellness lifestyle if we let it, if we share, if we love. Always. Thanks to René and the @mcnayart . Here, my work is adjacent to @cindysherman and John Sonsinj. Peace and love thanks to @kaypea87 and @francismillicent (my mama). Mama, you made it. #family #love #portrait #contemporaryportraiture #art #makeportraits #contemporaryphotography #weallwegot #museum #mcnayartmuseum (at San Antonio, Texas)
Happy New Year. The last few months have been mad busy. I’ll catch you up on some of it. Hi, again, too. I don’t usually do the ‘Hi, again, I am… post,’ but this should serve a similar function as well as being a shout out to you all just the same. My name is Anthony Francis, and I make photographs, other art shit, love, and some other shit fallible tend to produce. This is a portrait of the homie Brandon that came through the studio with his cousin (and mine) @alexand_bailey after we’d come from breaking bread and making work for @blackoutside_inc and @crbloomproject . Love to @angoutside and @kiamber.t . I’ve done some exciting, taxing shit with, both, love and performativity holding and reminding my ass. We always dine with those that love us, let us die, and surely kill us. This is such a fitting image with which to start the new year and a fine note to break my Instagram posting fast. Stay tuned. Stay warm. Stay up. Peace and love!
#family #youaremissed #artphotography #art #contemporaryphotography #weallwegot #makeportraits #fujifilm #fujifilmgfx100s #portraits #family (at San Antonio, Texas)
Photograph of the homie @michaelmenchaca as artist headshot. Thanks for working with me. Too, I hope everyone is good. Peace and love to you. #portrait #portraiture #makeportraits #representation #latinx #artistfriends #contemporaryart (at San Antonio, Texas)
All things seem to impeccably converge at rogue moments that answer hope. I’d recently gotten back into clearing space for listening to my voice, the basis of my writing process. If I can’t make time to listen in active sensitivity, I can’t make anything from not listening. Writing is talking to myself about life’s many things and events, a personal metacognitive assurance. I appreciate @barry_stone_ willful participation convergences such as these by suggesting and lending me this book. I cried this morning being held and holding and flying and breathing in the hold and the wake, rendered so awake. I’ve read so much Moten and Sharpe and Hartman in other people’s work in a way that is communion. I learning that writing is finding and that nothing we do or write is ever done alone. We sing through the voices of ancestors. #beholding #community #poetry #love #reading #writing
I spent so much time with @arlze @aleedas and @aridacious and have yet to get through all the work. I am so full having kicked it with them. I am working to finish ‘All We Be’ for a book project by early next year. Zines and other stuff will abound as I try to get use to a new workload and what I hope will be the vestiges of COVID-19 as the world turns. I hope you all are good. Don’t stretch your self too thin, cuz my limbs hurt. Make sure to check out @Arize music, @aridacious and @aleedas work. You all have made a cat wealthy in mind and heart and kept space with me. I also appreciate the editorial work I’ve had and people that continue to sit for the projects. Peace and love. #fam #family #portraiture #politicsistheaesthetic #love #contemporaryart #contemporaryportraiture #mcs #models #photographer #fujfifilm #pentax645z (at San Antonio, Texas)
I’m happy to be a part of @acpfest at Mint Gallery @mintatl by way of @marystanleystudio . Opening is October 1st and is up through November 6. I appreciate my work sharing space with this group of artists. #? #allwebe #portraits #thepeople #contemporaryphotography #atl
What’s good, y’all!?! Today was shipping day. Between the start of school and working on these prints (~42x52 on @cansonusa etching) for a show, and the rest of life it has been tiring, not unlike the busyness of your life. I’ll be soon to reveal what the summer was about. I hope you are good loved and kept. Sending love and peace, y’all. #art #school #contemporaryportraiture #allwebe #love #peace #studio #contemporaryart #familyconversations #portrait #contemporaryportraiture
… a suite of images of Harry Fowler @harrymantras done for an APM @apmg.official article regarding mental health, how institutions fail to take care of students, and the legal repercussions toward such inadequacy and negligence. Check the link in my bio. However, as schools have already started this year, it highlights the myriad student struggle. Harry and I had a great shoot with many different looks as they and their grandmother were so gracious. I appreciate @harrymantras and the folks at @apmreports for bringing me on. I took the gig, because I would get the chance to work with Harry. Whenever I have the chance to build fam, talk about photography, and just live while working, the ‘work’ supersedes it’s initial outset. The work is always something bigger. As a result of meeting Harry, I can assure them that they are indeed a Beacon for our community. I look forward to seeing what they continue to do. Peace and love. #harryfowler #fam #mentalhealth #socialjustice #americanpublicmediagroup #portraiture #makeportraits #pentax645z #godox (at San Antonio, Texas)
This photograph published in Dr. Debra @debwillisphoto Willis’ Posing Beauty by Cornell Capa, Savoy Ballroom, Harlem, 1939, reminds me of the art world. Artists and the viewer(s)… The way we lay it down and it is then picked up and sold.
#fam #makingcultureavailable #showingthemhowitisdone #joy #ascension #feetofftheground #art #posingbeauty #artworld #harlem
… a rough edit but, As my homie Arizè @arlze would say: @bri.breeezy and I snapped with this. Using gels and color grading, we came to this vibe. This was one of those days when laborious sweat was spilled and no work was committed. Peace and love to jus’ being and loving what you do and love being the work. #blues #portraiture #fam #thestudioisagatheringplace #love #makeportraits #peace #contemporaryphotography