Ciesay and Soulz, the duo behind Places+Faces, a photography Tumblr turned global streetwear brand, have now added a full-sized magazine to their list of multi-hyphenate creative operations. Since 2013, the duo has spent plenty of time faithfully documenting contemporary rap culture, as well as off-duty rap royalty like Kanye, Drake, Frank Ocean, A$AP Rocky and even eternal pop-cultural icon Chloë Sevigny.
Needless to say, they’ve taken the internet by storm and translated infectious hype into a robust streetwear brand, peddling a selection of easy, steezy branded merch, including coach jackets and waist bags, as well hosting global club nights everywhere from London to Seoul.
Alongside the burgeoning brand, Places+Faces has just released its very first print magazine and you can see an exclusive excerpt above. The glossy art tome features some of its best work to date, and it’s a must-have for anyone who’s followed its dizzying ascent over the past few years. Open it up and you’ll see Frank Ocean, Lil Yachty, Abra, Playboi Carti, Skepta and JME, among many others kicking it back.
Leafing through the pages of the first issue of P+F is utter sensory joy – it’s a haphazard, slightly frantic and chaotic blend of candid imagery. Nothing is stylized, staged or manicured. You’ll see subjects captured in a candid moment backstage or in the midst of an energetic performance. It’s a genuine documentation of rap culture, its irreverence, and youthfulness.
Photography might be a static medium, but there’s a reverberating energy to the magazine’s visuals. Asides from images of familiar faces in rap, you’ll find a photo series on Gambian street style or another series of people kissing in nightclubs.
There’s no prescribed aesthetic formula or lofty artistic mantra to Places+Faces’ debut zine, it’s just an authentic celebration of kaleidoscopic diversity, and what it actually means to be wide-eyed, young and creative in 2017.
In other fashion news, take a look at Frank Ocean’s Vogue photo diary of the Met Gala.
- Photography: Dominik Schulte / Highsnobiety.com