Selected as one the Best Books of 2016 by Melanie McWhorter
Come to Selfhood is hand assembled and hand bound, with individual inserts. This limited edition book includes and interview between world renowned visual artist Lyle Ashton Harris and Joshua Rashaad McFadden.
Far too often African American men live and identify with an idea of “blackness” that is imposed upon them, rather than created by them. Their sense of self worth and identity has primarily been defined by external forces. What happens when an African American man self interprets his own identity based upon ideology, reality, memory, and experience? This body of work is confronting the issue of how an African American male “comes to” a sense of agency or “Selfhood” within a dominate culture that does not fully support the physical, physiological, spiritual growth and well being of African Americans. Composed of two components, this series explores and examines the qualities that constitute one’s individuality.
“Come to Selfhood” is an important and “I-opening” project! I am excited to see how Joshua Rashaad McFadden used ‘The Family of Men Photographic Archive’ to extend his own conversation about visualizing masculinity. This book will be viewed as a corrective as well as a fascinating collective story about imaging the black male portrait from the turn of the 20th century to today. McFadden is a masterful photographer-biographer who has unveiled a thoughtful and dazzling visual narrative of the ‘self’. — Deborah Willis, Professor of Photography & Imaging at New York University.
“Come To Selfhood”, is, to me, is a resistant gesture, a dismantling of an embedded history and narrative of Black Masculinity which writes Black men as without fathers, without history, without softness. Simultaneously it is a constructive act: a building of a visual history and archive of Black intimacy. — Lyle Ashton Harris
"These are people who feel, who love, who have passion and desire and belief and who want to do good. I don't know why that should be a surprise to anybody, but it is the kind of truism that it seems increasingly necessary to say and to show. And McFadden and Ceiba have done a beautiful job saying it." — Colin Pantall