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Crushed Blacks
Crushed Blacks
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Crushed Blacks

Artist: Ronald E Wright II

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Hardcover book, 2021. Published by Nonlinear books.

7.5” x 9” /90 pages/ perfect bound

To make this work Wright considered a technical photography term crushed blacks as a conceptual springboard to explore the African-American body and voice in contemporary photography. The ability to shift the position of a metaphorical black point from a technical representational photography to technical abstraction of photography allows the details in the blacks to produce the images.


Ronnie E. Wright II is an African-American conceptual artist based in Tokyo, Japan since 2008. In his photographs, he raises questions about race, technology, memory, and the inability to locate Otherness in an unfamiliar past in the present day. Wrights' process of redacting decisive moments in images found in heterotopic spaces results in photographs highlighting the duplicity, flaws, and accessibility to Otherness within the archives' online servers.