Magnum Photos Nominates Five Photographers to Join Its Organization

Magnum, which is entirely owned by photographers, started its historic membership program back in 1955.

This year, Magnum presents five new prospects, who will first join the organization as nominees before potentially gaining admission to the Magnum collective as lifelong members. The international cohort includes Khalik Allah (USA), Sabiha Çimen (Turkey), Colby Deal (USA), Yael Martínez (Mexico), and Hannah Price (USA), and demonstrates an abiding interest in amplifying a diverse perspective, both in terms of photographer and subject.

Khalik Allah 125th and Lexington – The Eye of Photography

Khalik Allah's startling photographs and provocative films are centered around the people who inhabit the corner of 125th St and Lexington Ave in Harlem. Allah documents Harlem with such honesty and reverence for the people that his work straddles that border of subjective/objective involvement. Allah involves himself in the document, not just photographically, or in his films, but in the lives of his characters. Allah relates to those that wander the streets at 4am. The marginalized who smoke K2 (a mixture of herbs, spices or shredded plant material that is typically sprayed with a synthetic compound chemically similar to THC) and exist in the shadows. These shadows are where Allah dwells, an insider looking in and finding beauty in what society deems just the opposite.

Episode 2.18 – Khalik Allah | The LPV Show

He was suggested by a few people as a potential guest for the show. It was a no brainer. We were finally able to bring over to the studio to talk about what he’s been up to and where he thinks he might be going. One hour was hardly enough time to dig into his brilliant and ambitious mind, but we hope you enjoy what we were able to capture.

Shoot Cameras, Not Guns: Harlem Streets - Photographs and text by Khalik Allah | LensCulture

Raw, unvarnished, straight from the night-lit corners of Harlem, New York

Photography is my inside joke with God. He alone knows that time doesn't exist. I use photography as a tool to extend the now; not to preserve the past. The past cannot be preserved because it does not exist. So to me, photography is a testament to time's vulnerability. Shoot cameras, not guns. And raise sons righteous. I follow the injunction to love God supremely and your neighbor as yourself. All of this is brought into my photography. Photography is a dissemination point for me to say that there is beauty in everyone. I only shoot at night…I want to remind people we're in outer space…I photosynthesize under the street-lamps with the hood champs and the impoverished.

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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.