Djélybacar in Bedstuy is an editorial photo series set in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant. “Bed-Stuy” as many of the residents and natives call it, is one of many historically Black communities that fell prey to gentrification in New York City. Djélybacar in Bedstuy pays homage to the fashions and culture of the late 1970s and 1980s.The rich colors and assorted patterns reference the vibrant and eclectic energy that once defined Bed-Stuy.
Photographer and Creative Director: Kendall Bessent | Model: Djélybacar Kouyaté ( @djelykouyate) | Stylist: Kendall Bessent + Djélybacar Kouyaté
Kendall Bessent is a photographer and creative director based in Brooklyn, New York. His work communicates his perception of the world around him, whether past, present, or future. Raised in Atlanta, Georgia, he explores the complexities of Blackness in its purest form. Kendall highlights the beauty, strength, love, and happiness that are all part of the Black experience. He intends for his work to instill self-love and confidence in people who look like him. Kendall describes his work as 'unapologetically Black', and loves to capture and create blatant expressions of Blackness.
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