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As a photographer living in Los Angeles, there are plenty of things I could take pictures of daily, but for 23 days and a few late nights I was in Downtown Los Angeles taking pictures of a movement that has shaped a new conversation in this country.
Like it or not, good or bad, for or against the Occupy movement has captured the attention of this nation and some would even say the world. There was no other place for me to be, but City Hall in Downtown Los Angeles.
Louis "Kengi" Carr is a Southern California native born and raised in beautiful Santa Monica. This proud Angeleno is the author of 5 books, a contributor with Getty Images, published writer as well as a guest speaker and community activist/advocate for people living with HIV or AIDS and homeless individuals. He's also the creator of grass roots community-based organization Project KengiKat (Do Something Saturday | Unplugging HIV) His first book, 29 Months, seen but not heard, chronicle his life through homelessness & becoming diagnosed with HIV. Others include documenting the Occupy LA encampment at City Hall, his community work and his use of art to support people living with HIV Often called a "photojournalist" or "social justice" style photographer, Kengi uses his photography to bring new awareness and understanding for social issues gripping Los Angeles as well as the nation. Although often seen on the red carpets, Kengi prefers the real life and grit of street photography.