Rahim Fortune (b.1994) was raised in Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. His documentary photo practice focuses on culture, geography and self expression in the American landscape. He currently lives and works between Austin Texas and Brooklyn NY.
His first book, I can’t stand to see you cry, is an exploration of Texas and the surrounding states, as well as the people who are fixed within its complex landscape. Fortune analyses relationships between family, friends and strangers, all caught in a flood of health and environmental issues while working to maintain grace. The artist uses his own personal experiences to explore the friction between public and private life, and the unspoken tensions in daily life through an approach rooted in the landscape. Moreover, Fortune’s biographical approach to photography attempts to unpack his own identity and experience in the midst of a pandemic, civil unrest, a cross-country move, a career, and the loss of a parent, thinking about both the future and past. The book was nominated for the Paris Photo-Aperture Photobook of the Year and was listed as one of the Museum of Modern Art’s favorite photobooks of 2021.
I can't stand to see you cry
Loose Joints Publishing, April 2021
58 tritone plates, 235 × 265mm
Printed embossed hardcover