L. Kasimu Harris is a storyteller who uses writing, photography and video to push the narrative. He’s a New Orleans native who has participated in 20 group exhibitions across America, two abroad and three solo photography exhibitions. In 2016, his most recent show, “L. Kasimu,” at Warehouse Gallery in Red Hook, marked Harris’ New York exhibition debut. In 2015, he was in both The Rising and Louisiana Contemporary at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and garnered coverage in The New York Times, NPR and other publications. He also an artist in Dandy Lion (Re) Articulating Black Masculinity, curated by Shantrelle P. Lewis, a traveling exhibition with the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago that has had stops in San Francisco, Miami and London. Now the Aperture Foundation has published Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style, by Lewis and Harris’ work is included and he’s also featured as a subject.
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, and Southern Living and The FADER and The Bitter Southerner. Most recently, a feature he wrote for Edible New Orleans was selected for the book “Best Food Writing 2016.”
He 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 at the Poynter Institute and the Oxford American Summit for Ambitious Writers.