Recap: Kareem Black & Sophy Holland "Orbit" Video Premier at WIP

By - Friday, March 30th, 2012

Wednesday night photographer Kareem Black teamed up with Art Director Sophy Holland to premiere their video Orbit at WIP in the West Village. Kareem Black is a New York based photographer and director that was born in Philadelphia. After endless nights learning the trade Kareem started a successful career in music photography and celebrity portraiture shooting for Fader and Vibe magazine. Black has shot portraits of Kayne West, Moby, Venus Williams, Spike Lee and Justin Bieber to name a few. Kareem has won numerous awards for his awesome work including being featured as one of the Photo District National 30, one of the most prestigious awards in his industry. Some of his past clients including Flaunt, Fader, GQ, Vibe, Verizon, Burger King, Vitamin Water and Kool Aid among others. In addition to his commercial work Kareem keeps occupied with a variety of personal projects including a series of portraits documenting some of the East Village’s more interesting characters. On this project Kareem Black collaborated with Sophy Holland who started her creative career in London, England with a background in fashion and illustration. After 7 years of experience art directing for fashion editorials throughout Europe and New York, she transitioned into advertising and brand development specializing in fashion, beauty and luxury clients. The video, Orbit, recontextualizes choreographed pole dancers by rotating the image 90 degrees to appear as though they are rotating around a horizontal pole in a gravity-defying manner. Still images of the acrobatic performances were hung on display in the hallway gallery. The premier event also featured live pole dancers from Body and Pole, along with free drinks and fresh music. Scroll down to check out our photographs from the evening and to see the video, Orbit, posted below.

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