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Behind the Scenes of T Magazine’s Cover Shoot

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On a hot day in early August, 24 people gathered in a studio space in Red Hook, Brooklyn. They all had something in common: All of them were artists.

They were also all Black, queer and 40 or younger. Four of T’s editors were on set, and they later reported what we would hear from the participants themselves — that the mood was electric; that the camaraderie was genuine.

Not all of them had met before, and yet there was a sense of reunion anyway, the feeling that they recognized one another; an actual previous encounter was a mere technicality.

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