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    “Untitled Exhibition”

    Peter Nakhid, Photographer

    Publisher’s Message:


    Peter Nakhid brings a well-versed and thought out sensibility and integrity to the process of documenting the legacy of African people as their descendants move through the intricate process of celebration and historical understanding. Nakhid’s astute eye for color, movement, and theme enables him to capture the relevance, vitality, and cultural significance of festivities that are contextual reminders of centuries of wisdom and perseverance passed down from one generation to the next. He is not simply a documentarian though that is one of the things that he does well. His Caribbean background and life in the dynamic cross-cultural melting pot of New Orleans has immersed him into a vortex of creativity and expression that he captures with a camera only after his eye recognizes the significance of the moment. His “untitled” exhibition articulates and visualizes passion, emotion, and the intricacies of telling a story without words. aaduna will continue Nakhid’s story in the summer 2015 issue. For now, enjoy this moment with Peter Nakhid.


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    About The Artist

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    Peter Nakhid

    Peter awarded “Griot” status in New Orleans for presenting from a photographic perspective the legacy of people of African descent in the Diaspora, was born in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Married with two adult daughters, Giselle and Zynani, Peter graduated in 1995 from Loyola University with a Masters degree in Pastoral Studies. In association with Dr. Morris Jeff, Peter helped establish a school in Kibi, Ghana, and along with Father Al McKnight, set up an elementary school, a university, an orphanage, a guest house, and a bakery in Fondwa, Haiti. A long-time member of the Professional Photographers of America, Mr. Nakhid has worked as a professional photographer for 30 years. For the past 20 years, his company, Captured Moments, has operated in the New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA) region, as well as the southern part of the U.S. He has travelled extensively throughout Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific documenting special events. Before hurricane Katrina, he consistently maintained three jobs; after Katrina, Peter focused on teaching and photography. Currently, he coordinates a group called Fathers’ Time, which initially started as a support group to address the needs of young teenage fathers. This program has transformed into a multi-generational group of men and boys that deals with immediate needs, community development, and self improvement. Participating with the Fatherhood Initiative at Loyola University, Peter and others created a traveling exhibit displaying positive images of black males with their children. Their plan is to purchase a billboard in NOLA to display these positive images on a rotating basis. Mr. Nakhid’s work continues.  Learn more about Peter in publisher, bill berry’s interview:  http://aaduna.org/summerfall2015/conversations/conversations-with-peter-nakhid/