Hoop Kings

Charles R. Smith, Author, Charles R. Smith, Author, Smith Jr. Charles R., Author
Charles R. Smith, Author, Charles R. Smith, Author, Smith Jr. Charles R., Author Candlewick Press (MA) $14.99 (42p) ISBN 978-0-7636-1423-2
Reviewed on: 02/01/2004
Release date: 02/01/2004
Prebound-Sewn - 37 pages - 978-1-60686-051-9
Prebound-Sewn - 978-1-4178-2771-8
Paperback - 37 pages - 978-0-7636-3560-2
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After paying homage to Hoop Queens, Charles R. Smith Jr. now focuses on 12 male NBA superstars in Hoop Kings. Memorable imagery and slick rhythms (not to mention an actual-size Shaq shoe print on a foldout) combine to create poetic portraits (such as the one for Allen Iverson: ""Crooked cornrows/ cause chaotic/ and catastrophic collisions/ with precision""). Smith's signature bold photographs, playful type, and electric colors and design blend 1970s-era basketball, modern street ball and hip-hop influences.
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