Los Angeles

A street photography project by Kwasi Boyd-Bouldin


About the Los Angeles Recordings Project

The irony with the term “street photography” is that most who practice the craft have no connection to the street. The default perspective of most street photographers is of an outsider, using the camera reinforce a preconceived notion of what life on the street really is. This bias more often than not leads to treating the unfamiliar as the exotic. The photography industry continues to elevate certain narratives and stereotypes at the expense of a more diverse worldview. This is the main reason I decided to start The Los Angeles Recordings in the first place.

My work is built on documenting life in one of the most misunderstood cities in the world. The experience of growing up in Los Angeles, running the streets and witnessing all that comes along with that has impacted my life in profound ways. Most importantly, it’s given me a clear understanding of what it’s like to be out on the streets I photograph. Life out here isn’t a game, it’s easy to seek out the spectacular but much harder to document what’s real.