Kwaku Alston captures Venice Beach’s “Horizon Court”

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Kwaku has been photographing Venice Beach, where he lives, for the past decade, and he occasionally exhibits some of those images at his studio on Abbott-Kinney Boulevard. Last fall, for example, he showed his portraits of vintage Volkswagen buses parked in and around his neighborhood. (Below is the invitation, and you can view scenes from the event here.)

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On February 12, Kwaku will be exhibiting a new body of Venice work, called “Horizon Court,” from 6 to 9 PM at his studio (address: 1346 Abbot Kinney Blvd.). In an essay about the series, art writer Shana Nys Dambrot notes that with these latest images, Kwaku “examines a very different part of Venice Beach—the colorful, bustling, and somewhat unsavory neighborhood of Horizon Court, a walk street that meets the Boardwalk. Of a similar look and feel to the more upscale individualism and shabby chic bohemia of the Abbot Kinney scene, Horizon Court and its residents skew toward the young, the edgy, and even the criminal aspects of the Venice legend.”

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And while these images are part of a personal project, they have an affinity with the portraits Kwaku promotes to art buyers.

“Kwaku shoots people against white—simply and honestly,” notes Bill Stockland, referring to Kwaku’s “On White” portfolio (which you can see here at the Stockland Martel website). “It’s people presenting themselves honestly to the camera. [With "Horizon Court,"] he did the very same thing, but he took it out to the streets.”

(Our thanks to J. Wesley Brown at We Can Shoot Too for writing about the exhibition.)

Kwaku has posted 26 of the “Horizon Court” images at his website, including these:

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From "Horizon Court." Photo by Kwaku Alston.

From "Horizon Court." Photo by Kwaku Alston.

From "Horizon Court." Photo by Kwaku Alston.

 

From "Horizon Court." Photo by Kwaku Alston.

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