The Black Fives

"These are images of The Black Fives, a basketball league that existed from 1904 to the 1950s. These are actually images of the Brooklyn team called the Smart Set, who we discovered through Claude Johnson, who had an archive of these photos.

People have responded really well to them, because they are about Brooklyn and sports, but they are also about what is going on here now. It was a lot of work. Pentagram worked on the images a lot, and then we realized that Mickalene's studio assistant has an amazing photographic ability, so we engaged him to really sharpen up some of these images. We had to restore and re-map constantly."