Quazimotto on Wax: Photographer J Quazi King
J. Quazi King is a Brooklyn based fashion and lifestyle photographer rapidly gaining a phenomenal fan base despite having started in photography just two years ago. Focusing on portraiture, the ex- fashion stylist is originally from Equatorial Guinea.
His inspirational work formed part of an exhibition of nude photography at New York’s Rush Arts Gallery. Curated by Danny Simmons and titled Neekid Blk Gurls, it featured the works of twenty photographers capturing the beauty of black women as art.
“I believe naked black women are rarely shown or thought of as art rather generally objectified and sexualized specifically in pop culture,” comments Quazi. And despite just two years snapping images, the photographer has built a solid following.
More recently he’s been busy snapping a series of iconic images from the Million Hoodie March for Trayvon Martin. The protest took place at Union Square, New York on March 21, 2012. Trayvon was shot dead by self-appointed neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. The black teenager was on his way home after going out to buy a bag of Skittles, when Zimmerman claimed he looked suspicious. You can find out more on the case from Guardian Online.
[This is part of a longer feature written for African Digital Art.] To read the full interview with J. Quazi King and see more of his photographs go to the African Digital Art network. Also see his Tumblr page at Quazimottoonwax.