"I have photographer friends in New Orleans who taught me how to shoot and develop film back when everybody was still shooting black and white. They have been big contributors to the art scene for years and have gained major notoriety recently. Keith Calhoun and Chandra Mccormick are from my old neighborhood in the Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans. They have participated in the New Orleans Biennial since it's conception in 2008 and they recently participated in 56th la Biennale di Venezia in Venice Italy. They've both been featured in the New York Times and this past February, Time Magazine named Chandra as one of the 'Top 12 African American Photographers You Should Follow.' To see artist of color that I know personally gain national notoriety is a huge inspiration."
|Rashaun J. Allen