By Laurent B. Chevalier


‚ÄčInspired by the classic observer artists before him (al la Roy DeCarava, Garry Winogrand, and Robert Frank) Laurent Chevalier brings a modern spirit and informed sophistication to this collection of New York City photographs. This collection is a story of New York City, but it is specifically a story of Blackness. Spanning a period of 5 years and punctuated by poetry written by Brooklyn native Dr. Jamila Lysicott, Enough is a tangible exploration of the intersections of the Black experience. Through a lens of candid observation, Enough explores themes of patriotism, power, family and spirit. It does not seek to describe an experience holistically, but rather to present avenues that the viewer may choose and follow at will.

Living and working in New York City, Laurent Chevalier utilizes photography to shift the frameworks of representative imagery. Using processes and media from the past, Laurent archives for the future while simultaneously engaging contemporary social issues and promoting social justice.

Not solely a street, documentary, nor conceptual photographer -- Laurent Chevalier rather navigates the space that borders these genres. His practice is a synthesis of the known and unknown, considering the tension around the meaning of photographic expression.

Chevalier's images seek to dialogue through past, present and future, while continuously contributing new perspectives of Black America and the African Diaspora into the canon.

Essay by Cyrus Aaron
Poetry by Dr. Jamila Lysicott


8.5" x 9.5", Offset printed, Perfect bound, Cloth cover

Published by Kris Graves Project in 2020

(LIC) Queens, New York