A Filmmaker and Photographer’s Urgent, Personal Portraits of Harlem at Night | The New Yorker

A Filmmaker and Photographer’s Urgent, Personal Portraits of Harlem at Night | The New Yorker

Khalik Allah, one of the most original documentary filmmakers working today, has made only a few short films and one feature to date, “Field Niggas” (the title is derived from a remark by Malcolm X), which he put out on YouTube and Vimeo and which was released, briefly and scantly, in 2015. (He was also one of the cinematographers for Beyoncé’s “Lemonade.”) The inspiration for Allah’s movies is on view in his photo book, “Souls Against the Concrete” (University of Texas Press), a series of images that were made, like his films, at the corner of 125th Street and Lexington Avenue at night.