Adama Jalloh and Khalik Allah have never met.
Peckham based, Jalloh’s Instagram following extends to the thousands, the most recent of her 301 images – a stunning black and white portrait of the musician Dornik – has clocked over 200 likes in the two days since it was posted; Allah, who resides in New York, has a private account, and from what we can gather has yet to post. Yet the two have joined forces for a new exhibition, Wisdom Cries in the Street.
On display at Brixton’s Photofusion until 23rd August, the show marries Jalloh’s daylight interpretation of south London with Allah’s evening views of the corner of 125th and Lexington Avenue. Described as “Harlem’s official street photographer” by Time.com, the latter has been recording his surroundings since 2012, while Adama – who recently lensed the cover of Childhood’s new album – graduated from Arts University Bournemouth in 2015, her final project focused on the black hair salons of her native city.
Both championing analogue in their approach, the respective image series’ explore ideas of street photography and environmental portraiture, showcasing worlds previously untouched by the camera’s lens, at least in such a manner as presented here.
A must see.