Xhosa is an artist, filmmaker and photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. His work revolves around giving his perspective on the beauty of the Black experience and addressing where it can go narratively. Giving Black life new spaces to occupy that might not have been available before, using the wide open natural spaces of the South as a big inspiration as well as cinematic themes that he absorbs.
He went to school for filmmaking and truly begun his professional journey in 2020 during the pandemic. In 2021 he released his first photo book titled ‘Beauty Behind the Blackness’. In 2022, he held and curated his 1st group exhibition show in L.A and in 2022 he was also named a member of the Louis Armstrong House museum cohort as a filmmaker in residence. When he isn’t creating, you’ll probably find him at a gallery, thrift store, trying new foods or somewhere in nature.
When boredom strikes, he makes beats under the pseudonym Xhozy
Contact for commercial, editorial and print inquiries.
Beauty Behind The Blackness, Gatekeeper Press, 116 pages, softcover, Oct 28
There Was Time, Then There Wasn’t, Self Published, 40 pages, softcover, Aug 25
Louis Armstrong House Museum Now, Filmmaker-in-Residence
Honors & Awards:
VOGUE Italia, 10011 Mag, Collater.al Magazine, Pioneer Works, Headspace Magazine, ESSENCE, CINESTILL Film, Espirit Magazine, Culture Icon TV
FREE THE WORK | FTW newsletter Feb 2023
Louis Armstrong House Museum | The Louis Armstrong House Museum and Archives Rolls Out Armstrong Now!, A New Interdisciplinary, Multi-Sector Initiative
1001mag | Xhosa Fray-Chinn is a photographer, creative director, and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. The artist’s ethereal images center beauty in black experience.
Luna Collective | Spotlight: Photographer Xhosa Fray-Chinn Brings a Fresh & Authentic Perspective to his Work
Bushwick Community Darkroom | Feature of the Week: Xhosa-Fray-Chinn
Shoutout LA | Meet Xhosa Fray-Chinn | Photographer & Filmmaker
Lemonade On Sundays, Artless Foundation, Los Angeles, CA, January 30-March 27, 2022
Exhibition Göttingen 2021, Le Monde Analogue, Göttingen, Germany, September 14-October 3, 2021