John Edmonds is thinking about intimacy. In fact, you might say that he has been meditating on intimacy as an extension of his own faith practice. What has resulted from this deep inquiry is a body of work that has placed the 28-year-old photographer at the center of any serious conversations about the present state and future of the medium. For Edmonds, who earned his MFA in Photography from Yale University in 2016, the process of image-making is the process of building trust between himself and the individuals who he photographs. “In order to be an artist, you have to trust the process, and in order to trust the process, you have to walk by faith,” says the Brooklyn-based artist. Edmonds oeuvre offers up poetic renderings on blackness that rejects exoticism and fetish.