125TH & LEXINGTON
NEW YORK (Elephant Gun) – As a media producer, Khalik Allah’s day world is one of flashy fiction. But Allah’s true vision is bathed and birthed by the night’s light at 125th St. and Lexington Avenue in Harlem NYC, where no one else shoots–except the surveillance cameras. Bruce Davidson, William Klein, Aaron Siskind–they've all shot Harlem, its cultural vibrancy, its violence, its prostitution-plagued corners, its drug-addled loiterers; though, never in this way.
And never with this much passion.
Intrigued by fear and inspired by the streets, Allah creates portraits that truly emulate the souls of those whom he photographs in haloes of vibrant bokeh drowning in a sunless dark. These faces aren’t those of the lost, however, but of something and someone else, possibly suffused with the raw touch of the divine.
His vision is authentic, uncompromising, compassionate. We warmly welcome Khalik Allah and his "Camera Ministry" to Elephant Gun. All images © Khalik Allah.
ABOUT KHALIK ALLAH
Born in 1985, Khalik Allah is a multi-faceted director, film-maker and photographer whose street photography is visually story telling at its grittiest. Shot in vibrant color film with an aged, grainy quality, Khalik's cinematic vignettes document hardscrabble life at the corner of 125th Street and Lexington Avenue in Harlem (New York City). His vision is like no other, with the bulk of his photographs captured in utter darkness relying solely on available light from neon signs, street lamps, and shop windows. When Khalik isn't documenting Harlemites, he can be found making films and directing music videos. Khalik shoots a vintage Nikon F2 with a 55mm f1.2 lens. See even more of Khalik's work on tumblr.