Khalik Allah is a New York-based filmmaker and photographer. His award-winning documentary film Field Niggas, whose name was inspired by Malcolm X's "Message to the Grassroots" speech, chronicles summer nights on the corner of 125th and Lexington Avenue in the heart of Harlem. Allah's eye for daring documentary portraiture and bold aesthetics takes us into a world in which beauty, bleakness, and raw spirit all intersect. From his early photographs of Wu-Tang Clan to the present, Allah's profoundly personal work goes beyond street photography to delve deep into the visual stream of consciousness that is Harlem.
"It is easy to walk through a city not making eye contact, but for photographer Khalik Allah this contact is essential. He sees each individual he photographs. And his photographs in turn allow us to see them, to acknowledge who we might ignore, to look through Allah's eye and into theirs, and to recognize them as individuals. This is the power of Allah's work. . . Here, he gives us a deeper sense of people as people, to share and enlighten, even when the message may not be clean or easy." * L'Oeil de la Photographie *