Louis “Kengi” Carr is a proud Southern California native, born and raised in beautiful Santa Monica California. An avid street photographer, Louis has spent his career with his feet firmly planted in many different realms of photography. His unique and raw style allows him to create and develop images that are strikingly filled with passion and emotion of the human spirit.

 

Louis’ work as photojournalist, and professional photographer includes 5 photography books and 8 magazine covers to his credit. He has worked on many projects for a wide array of local, community based organizations as well as Fortune 500 companies. His clients and marketed brands have included FORD Motor Company, GAP, NAACP, TV One, the AAFCA Awards, Director Robi Reed’s Reed for Hope Foundation, The Liberty Hill Foundation, Cedar-Sinai, The CDC, The Black Alumni Association of USC, Being Alive Los Angeles, Black AIDS Institute, Heroes in the Struggle Awards, the City of Los Angeles, Keeping It 100 LA, The TRUST South LA, METRO LA, AIDS Walk LA, APLA Health, Reach LA, The LA Women’s HIV/ AIDS Taskforce, JWCH, Charles R. Drew University, The Color of Change, UCLA and Loyola Marymount University, The Advocate, Positively Aware, POZ, HIV Plus and A&U magazines, The Living Legends Foundation, Kingdom Day Parade, Revolve Impact and The Black Alliance for Just Immigration.

 

A passionate social justice and HIV health activist and person living with HIV, rallying for fair housing, homelessness, women’s rights, youth, seniors, racial/ ethnic minorities, and those living with HIV and AIDS through the efforts of his community-based advocacy agency called Project KengiKat. Project KengiKat; celebrating 12 years of grass roots community service to more than 2,000 homeless individuals in one of the most impacted cities in the world, Los Angeles, California. Louis is currently a member of the Black AIDS Institute and UCLA Center for AIDS Research Community Advisory Boards, all while serving as a mentor for young gay and bisexual Black men. Louis is dedicated to using his talents as an artist, advocate, photographer and speaker to not just influence, but serve as an agent of change advocating for other marginalized populations who are seen, but not heard.

 

Often seen covering many high profile celebrity red carpets and events, he prefers the rawness of streets photography and the power of storytelling through photography.

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  • JoinedMarch 2009
  • OccupationActivist, Advocate, Photographer, Writer
  • HometownSanta Monica, CA
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Louis "Kengi" Carr is a friend of mine. We met through blogging for PositiveLite.com. When I discovered his passion for photography, it was similar to mine, we had more in common with each other, more we could learn from each other. Kengi to me is the proof of a mantra I live by, "when someone tells you that you can't … Read more

Louis "Kengi" Carr is a friend of mine. We met through blogging for PositiveLite.com. When I discovered his passion for photography, it was similar to mine, we had more in common with each other, more we could learn from each other. Kengi to me is the proof of a mantra I live by, "when someone tells you that you can't do that", he will be quick to respond, "Watch Me". When I see the great work he is doing, I often message him just to say, "I am so jealous.He is probably the only other person I would hire to take my portrait. I wonder if I can afford him though :-) I mentioned his passion for photography but he does everything with the same passion, in his volunteering, his advocacy and bringing awareness to the homeless and living with HIV. I would be honored to work along side of him. Thanks my friend, all the best to you and keep snappin'

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May 22, 2013