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Art Yard publishes Sun Ra inspired photography book

It's After The End Of The World features the work of UK photographer Gerald Jenkins

Described as a “picture novel study of the human spirit in the fantastic/magical and the human soul in the metaphorical and physical in Five Chapters – being Oppression, Rainbows, Mythology, Cosmology, Salvation”, the book presents Jenkins’s fine art photography alongside poems and quotes by Sun Ra, lyrics by KAINTHEPOET aka Gylan Kain of The Last Poets, and essays by Wire contributor Michael Gonzales, singer Little Annie, US author and artist Darius James, US actor, writer/director Jake-Ann Jones, and others.

The book is titled after the 1970 Sun Ra song and live album, and is published by Art Yard, the UK label that was formed in the mid-2000s specifically to reissue music by Sun Ra. Over the years, Gerald Jenkins himself has been photographing members of Sun Ra’s Arkestra on their frequent visits to the UK, examples of which can be seen on his website.

It’s After The End Of The World is published in three separate editions and is available to purchase now from Art Yard.

Daniel Spicer interviewed Art Yard founder Peter Dennett in The Wire 380. Subscribers can read the article now on Exact Editions.