Souls Against the Con­crete

The Week (US) - - Arts 25 - By Khalik Al­lah (Univ. of Texas, $50)

A typ­i­cal Khalik Al­lah street por­trait “tran­scends place and time,” said Is­abel Flower in Book­fo­rum. His new book col­lects pho­to­graphs all taken at night at the in­ter­sec­tion of 125th Street and Lex­ing­ton Av­enue in New York City, but he makes his in­di­vid­ual sub­jects ap­pear more in­deli­ble than their cir­cum­stances. We see ev­i­dence of home­less­ness, drug or al­co­hol abuse, and po­lice ac­tiv­ity, yet the pho­to­graphs “some­how con­tain the over­lap­ping re­al­i­ties of mul­ti­ple worlds.”

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