Khalik Allah is a Jamaican-Iranian American photographer and filmmaker based in New York. His work has been described as “street opera” simultaneously visceral, hauntingly beautiful and penetrative. Khalik’s passion for photography was sparked when he began photographing members of the Wu-Tang Clan with a camera he borrowed from his dad. Real and raw, his profoundly personal work goes beyond street photography. His eye for daring portraiture and bold aesthetics takes us into an entire world.
Khalik started making movies at age 19 with a Hi-8 video camera. He’s created short films, documentaries, and music videos. Khalik was also the second unit director and cinematographer for Beyoncé’s Lemonade (2016), which premiered on HBO. In June 2020 he became a Nominee member of Magnum Photos.