L. Kasimu Harris is a storyteller who uses writing, photography and, most recently, video to push the narrative. Harris, a New Orleans native, has been in more than 20 group exhibitions across America, one abroad and three solo photography exhibitions, 2013, 2015 and 2016. His most recent, “L. Kasimu,” was curated by Kamau Ware at Warehouse Gallery and marked Harris’ New York exhibition debut. His second solo exhibit, “The 10 Year Journey: Reflections of Family, Identity and New Orleans,” ran from August to November 2015 at the George & Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art and garnered positive reviews in several publications. Also in 2015, Harris was in both The Rising and Louisiana Contemporary at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. He garnered coverage in The New York Times and NPR from his inclusion in The Rising, curated by Richard McCabe. That year, he was also in the Dandy Lion (Re) Articulating Black Masculinity, curated by Shantrelle P. Lewis exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago that is now a traveling exhibition currently on view at Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco, and then Brighton Photo Biennial (London) in October.
Harris’ work modulates between photojournalism, documenting culture and constructed realities, all in an effort to tell stories of underrepresented communities in New Orleans and beyond. He created Parish Chic, a style column for the Oxford American and has been published in Yahoo Food, Southern Foodways Alliance and Southern Living and The FADER. A feature he wrote for Edible New Orleans was selected for the book “Best Food Writing 2016” that will be published in November. He also gained invaluable experience as a writer’s department intern during season three (2012) for HBO’s Treme and the interim artwork clearance coordinator for season four, the final season (2013).
Harris is unafraid to step in front of the camera. In 2012, he was featured in the Wallpaper City Guide: New Orleans, an internationally distributed paperback book. Harris was the opening image for Southern Living’s March 2013 issue for their feature on the “South’s Most Stylish Cities,” where he’s dubbed as “the Bill Cunningham of the Crescent City,” a reference to the long-time street style photographer for The New York Times. He was also featured in the December 2013 issue of Travel & Leisure. He was also included in the September 2015 style issue of Esquire for "Fifty Men Looking Their Best."
Harris graduated with a B.B.A. in entrepreneurship from Middle Tennessee State University and earned a M.A. in Journalism from the University of Mississippi. He furthered his studies at the Fellowship for Young Journalists for at the Poynter Institute and the Oxford American Summit for Ambitious Writers.