In a cosy yet sparsely furnished living room, a young girl in pink, Disney-themed pyjamas sits on a low folding chair cradling a doll and gazing off to one side. From behind, her father wraps his arms around her in a similarly protective manner. Next to him on the sofa, a comb and a tub of hair lotion suggest that they have been interrupted during the girl’s hair-care routine. Fatherhood 3 (2018) is one of a series of photographs by the Washington-based artist Larry W. Cook, who brilliantly uses paternity to problematize notions of Black masculinity and carcerality in the American imaginary. Image: Larry W. Cook, Fatherhood 3 (detail) 2018, archival inkjet print, 102 × 76 cm. Courtesy: © the artist and Weiss Berlin