Harlem, New York City, USA. 2020. From the series 125th & Lexington. by Khalik Allah.
6″ x 6″ Magnum Square print
Fuji Crystal Archival Matte paper
Signed on verso by Khalik Allah
In a sealed protective envelope
*Please note that the glossiness of the envelope might have caused some glare in the pictures
Statement from Khalik Allah on the back of print “Harlem, New York City, USA. 2020. From the series 125th & Lexington.”
“When I stop a person in the street to take their photograph it’s because I recognize their inner light. Focusing on the light in others reinforces it in yourself. Regardless of external circumstance, there’s an inextinguishable spark of divinity in everyone. I approach my work from this spiritual perspective because that’s what gives it meaning for me. It’s a form of communion, from my soul to the soul of my subjects; we’re co-creators.”
Khalik Allah is a New York-based photographer and filmmaker. His work has been described as “street opera”. In other words, it is simultaneously visceral, hauntingly beautiful and penetrative.
Firstly, Allah found his passion for photography when he began photographing members of the Wu-Tang Clan with a camera he borrowed from his dad.
His profoundly personal work goes beyond street photography. Because it is real and raw. Khalik’s eye for daring portraiture and bold aesthetics takes us into an entire world.
Khalik shoots with a manual, analogue film camera, as photography and film-making form a venn diagram in his work.
After a number of short films that reflect relationships formed through portraiture, Allah advanced his artistry with the feature length documentary Field Niggas (2015). Which he shot at nighttime on the corner of Harlem’s 125th St. and Lexington Avenue. Furthermore, the same corner served as the basis for his first photography book Souls Against the Concrete.
After that, Allah continued with Black Mother (2018), an ecstatic expression of reverence and realities across Jamaica. This award winning film has been seen in festivals, museums and schools around the world. Moreover, distributors Dogwoof and Grasshopper Film released the film in the UK and the US. Allah’s films are available on the Criterion Channel. Khalik is currently at work on his second photo book from 125th and Lexington.
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