BlackBook was founded in 1996. Its first iteration was a glossy arts & culture print magazine published in downtown NYC from a small office above a bar. The original company offering was a print magazine as a blank canvas where artists, writers, photographers, creatives and brands could express themselves freely, as part of the mainstream culture and equally as outliers, those on the fringe, sans gender or minority divisions. The company also offered an arts and culture advisory and curatorial division doing special projects with artists and companies. Over the years BlackBook became well-known for its work and collaborations with important artists, writers, photographers, designers, creatives and brands. The print magazine won awards for journalism, design, and photography. During the transition from analogue to digital the company has gone through diverse iterations to its current model as an arts and culture curator of exhibitions, book publishing, special projects, and art advisory. The ethos has remained exactly the same.

BlackBook’s namesake is derived from Senator Joseph McCarthy’s BlackBook. Ours is the antithesis: an open palette where artists and creatives express themselves freely, often unedited, without fear or borders. Despite executional changes over time, the ethos and mission of the company has not changed.