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David Black (Baltimore, 1980) is not an unknown artist. His name resounds loud and clear both in the current photographic scene, as well as in music. This American photographer and filmmaker has filmed artists such as Kim Gordon, Seu Jorge, Daft Punk, Cat Power, The Roots, and Pharrell Williams. Although his portraits and campaigns are fascinating, today we will focus on Cerro Gordo, his first photobook.

This is an essential photobook for fans that features a visual journey through the lights and shadows of Los Angeles created over the span of a year

Published by Hat & Beard Press, this is an essential photobook for fans that features a visual journey through the lights and shadows of Los Angeles created over the span of a year. Inspired by how the city of Los Angeles was captured in motion pictures of the 1970s and early 1980s, David Black apprehends Los Angeles’ archetypes and identity in popular culture and exposes the city’s paradoxical bent as a land of dreams and disillusionment. Cerro Gordo is a photo study that cuts through the city’s sunshine veneer to show a mysterious, hidden and enigmatic side.

Cerro Gordo is a limited edition of 50 copies. It comes with an orange or gray canvas cover and features a fiber print signed by David Black. The book was edited by J.C. Gabel and designed by Brian Roettinger for Hat & Beard Press. You can still get a copy for $60 here.