Kayla Reefer (b. 1992) is an Afro-Panamanian American photographer and cinematographer based in Los Angeles, California.
Her work primarily nests in the genres of portraiture, music, and documentation through which she explores the varying nuances of identity, intimacy, and community.
With an affinity for storytelling, Reefer focuses on capturing narratives from a genuine perspective. Her work is characterized through her ability to photograph individuals with profound sincerity and sensitivity, surpassing the traditional relationship between subject and image-maker. She believes in remaining true to the essentials of her work; approaching images minimally, solely emphasizing on color and tone to communicate stories in their purest form.
As a cinematographer, Reefer extends the same innate and acute eye to moving images. In her most recent role, Reefer was Director of Photography for experimental short film UNDER BONE, which has been selected for BlackStar Film Festival, Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival, Toronto Short Film Festival, and the Black Radical Imagination Showcase screened at MOCA Los Angeles.
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