Born in the Caribbean, Al J Thompson moved to an immigrant community in suburban New York in the year 1996. Two decades later he noticed the dramatic changes to the place he once knew, projected by what he termed as ‘political figures coiled with greed’.
As a devotee to the science of Psychology and Visual Arts, Thompson sets out to convey the nuances that he believes are circumstances of societal turmoil. His rhythmic approach to photography, at times envelopes people, places, and things that often generates poetic dialogue with subtlety – one that he perceives is consistent to the impression that all things relate.
Publisher: Gnomic Book
Remnants of an Exodus is Al J Thompson’s first monograph, a love letter to his second home of Spring Valley, a once thriving Caribbean immigrant community under threat of gentrification, just 40 minutes from New York City.
The case bound, 104 page book is comprised of 55 black and white photographs made over several years; Thompson observes and experiences change firsthand as the community undergoes a dramatic shift in both demographic and political landscapes, and tensions mount between different groups in the community.
The book includes an essay by Shane Rocheleau entitled Gathering Remnants, written in the context of the Black Lives Matter movement and its relationship to the broader historical struggle for civil rights for African Americans.
By The Way
Vijay Iyer Trio – Combat Breathing from the album Uneasy (ECM Records, 2021) featuring Linda May Han Oh on bass and Tyshawn Sorey on drums. Combat Breathing was initially written to accompany a political action at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in the wake of the first Black Lives Matter protests in 2014. Link
Book Specs: Case Bound; 104 pages; 55 black and white photographs; Essay by Shane Rocheleau. Available here.