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In A Silent Way

Lenworth McIntosh | United States

Boy helping Woman on Stairway, New York, 2018.

Miles Davis’ “In A Silent Way”, 1969 (the LP from which this photo series borrows its title) begins with a nostalgic church organ that sets the tone—soulful, soft and smooth. As the song progresses, instruments are layered in one by one and it becomes the soundtrack to a series of images synonymous with a personal journey inward. Jazz is a way of seeing. These images are centered around the unseen, where focus is placed on the spaces people occupy just as much as the people themselves. I photograph members of my community in a voice that listens, respects and reflects the quiet complexity of their being.Jazz is, for me, a portal offering a quiet, clarity of the mind in the stillness of night. These selected images speak a silent language where the longer you sit with them, the deeper you’re able to feel and communicate as if, telepathically, they are manifesting themselves as your memories. “In a Silent Way” offers a way to understand life through empathy in a language felt and not heard<>


Writing: Ed Nitiri

Subjects: Tommy Simpson, Arrington West, Hana Ward, Jonathan Asega, Adrian and Emory Walker, Riley and Kesley Holloway, Yetunde Olagbaju, Erin Rambo and Timothy Elliott, Alex Ghassan, Zakiya Zazaboi.


Jamaican-born living in Oakland, California, by way of Texas and Florida. My work explores unseen members of my community in a way that respects, and reflects the quiet complexity of their being. My images are steeped in nostalgia and offer a way to understand life through empathy in a language felt and not heard.


"In a Silent Way", Miles Davis, 1969.

Lenworth McIntosh

930 Wood Street, Apt. B

Oakland, Ca  94607


cell: 2144348576

email: bugs8y7@gmail.com


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