Joshua Rashaad McFadden in his series, Come to Selfhood, examines identity and influence as each of his subjects envisage who they are and the influences that shape their core. The subjects share an image of a father or “father figure” who most affected their lives, but more importantly, they regard what has allowed them to move into adulthood with a strong sense of self. Joshua combines portraiture, an archival portrait of their influencer at approximately the same age as the subject, and text derived from interviews with the subjects. The result is a deeper sense of who the person is and goes beyond a simple portrait. “I wanted to bring the viewer into our story, our collective story. Many times African-American males are bunched into one category of masculinity and actually a category of toxic masculinity, a violent being, which is totally not true.”