Taylor Alarcón's photobook shows black America battling two crises simultaneously
Based in Northern California, Taylor Alarcón is a self-taught portrait and documentary photographer whose most recent series, Resist, focuses on the kind of images of Black Lives Matter protests not seen in the mainstream media. We spoke to Taylor about the series in June (read the interview here), and now he's turned the project into a book.
Double Crisis documents the response to two deadly crises ravaging Black America in 2020: COVID-19 and systemic racism. "With unforgettable timing, I attempted to capture the quintessential convergence of a crisis regarding public health and another regarding systemic racism," he explains. "This convergence led to the realization that systemic racism is, indeed, a public health issue.
"It's undoubtedly been an unprecedented time, full of questions both internal and external, but one that has motivated me to document this moment in history the best way I know how: through art."
Taylor has long been fascinated with street photography, citing the works of Andre Wagner, Gordon Parks and Devin Allen as influences, "because of, to put it bluntly, their timelessness," he says. "Some art seems to come in waves; creative trends ebb and flow. Documenting history, highlighting stories untold and amplifying voices of the voiceless — that's forever. This book is my attempt to do exactly that."
Included in the book are some of the photos Taylor contributed to a grassroots art auction fundraiser, which raised thousands of dollars for causes surrounding the health and prosperity of black lives in the United States. Double Crisis is available to buy for $59 at tayloralarcon.com/prints.