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Meet Harlem’s ‘Official’ Street Photographer

Khalik Allah, a 29-year-old filmmaker and photographer who documents the streets of Harlem at night, has been photographing the corner of 125th and Lexington since 2012; armed with little more than a manual camera and a few rolls of film.

Street photography can often be a daunting or awkward experience – especially when you’re trying to photograph people who might be skeptical of what you are doing and why. However, for this street artist, photography is an immersive experience where he has built hundreds of relationships with members of the community.

One of the methods Allah uses to gain access to the lives of so many people is to show them a book of his past photographs, a technique learned from one of his influencers, photographer Bruce Davidson.

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There’s a striking intimacy embedded in almost every single portrait taken by South African photographer Mpho Mokgadi, that adds a delicate, poetic and romantic touch to his images - an intensely captivating factor that leaves one drawn to both the individuals in Mokgadi’s photographs and Mokgadi himself.

Raised in South Africa’s capital city of Pretoria, Mpho Mokgadi’s relationship with photography began at an early age when his mother bought him his first point & shoot camera. Currently studying to obtain his 3- year National Diploma in Photography, the 25-year-old photographer has won an academic award for the most improved student 2012, and was an award winning photographer for a Pretoria News and Nikon South Africa competition. Mokgadi has also had his work featured in various online art magazines including 10and5.

About his journey as a photographer, Mpho says:

"What inspires me is the everyday reality of life and creating history through the lens. I spends most of his time refining, perfecting, even obsessing over my work. I have a very curious eye, which gets me into trouble sometimes.

Through my own photography I seek to document my own personal experience, to capture scenes and events as I see them and share with others the beauty and diversity of the experiences I have seen.”

Highlighting African Photographers

(via black-culture)