a note about fathers
"If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it." - Toni Morrison
It is in the spirit of Morrison's quote that Fathers was created. Fathers is a bi-annual publication that features men who aren't traditionally shown in the context of fatherhood. It is a visual narrative exploring what it is to be seen—despite invisibility in mainstream media and elsewhere.
The inaugural volume features an introduction by writer and historian Jelani Cobb. He shares a personal story of fatherhood and graciously marries his story to those of the men featured in the pages of Fathers. "This sense of fragility, the mortal awareness of the passing hours, is common among us," writes Cobb of the experience of fatherhood in America.
Volume one features unscripted moments from the personal archives of the men in the book. Most of the photos were taken by the fathers and/or their partners on their mobile phones. It is an exercise in what it looks like to have agency over one's own narrative. The result is an incredibly beautiful and thoughtful portrayal of the everyday lives of these American fathers.
We hope everyone will enjoy it, and that it will grace the coffee tables and bookshelves of people worldwide.
All the best,
Robyn Price Pierre
Editor & Creative Director