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Please Join us for the opening reception of

KINDRED COOL: Portraits of Jazz Friendships

Photography by Laylah Amatullah Barrayn

Saturday, May 30th
6 – 9 p.m.

Kindred Cool is a photography project that uses relationship between Ralph Ellison, Romare Bearden and Albert Murray as an inspiration for documenting other friendships forged and fostered through a shared [...]

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Check out Laylah Amatullah Barrayn’s photos from the opening at Leica Gallery of Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nightqueen/sets/72157607373873995/
Laylah stays on it! These are really fun with Lewis Watts, co-curator Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Hank Thomas, Laylah, Miriam Romais, Lola Flash, and a host of other recognizable faces and names in [...]

New Jazz Photo Exhibit Uses Jazz Friendship of Ellison, Murray and Bearden as Inspiration

The Museum of Contemporary African Disaporan Arts (MoCADA) welcomes Kindred Cool: Portraits inspired by the jazz friendship of Romare Bearden, Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray. Produced by Brooklyn-based photographer Laylah Amatullah Barrayn in conjunction with Up South, Inc., Kindred Cool documents the New York metro jazz community through [...]

Attached please find the invite for Laylah Amatullah Barrayn’s next group show, Positivity, curated by Jamel Shabazz. (Stay tuned for Barrayn’s upcoming solo show, Kindred Cool, opening August 3rd at MoCADA)
POSITIVITY: A collective photography exhibition curated by Jamel Shabazz that explores photography beyond its subject matter highlighting the POSITIVITY represented in the definite moment when [...]

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  • CARLAGIRL PHOTO was founded on 14 February 1999 by Carla Willliams, a photographer, writer, and editor, born, raised and heading back to (yea!) Los Angeles, California.

    It was established with two goals: to be able to make my own work widely available for free, and to make accessible my research about artists of the African Diaspora, especially photographers, and in particular women. As it developed it grew to also include GLBTQ artists.

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