Richard Louissaint is a first-generation Haitian-American filmmaker and photographer from New York City. Growing up in Queens, he was exposed to a wide spectrum of the Caribbean diaspora but was primarily influenced by Haitian and African-American culture. His obsession with music led to him to writing for music magazines and websites before pursuing a career as a photographer and filmmaker.
His work centers on people of color, especially those of Haitian descent, through portraiture, film and documentaries. He has been published in Wax Poetic Magazine, MTV and the New York Times. His work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba and he had his first solo show in Petionville, Haiti in 2014. His films have screened at the Haiti Film Fest, New York Short Film Festival, and Newark International Film Festival. Richard also holds a MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.
“The Captain” (Derek Jeter docu-series), Poets & Writers, Newe Victory Theater, Ping Chong & Company, The ADVERTISING Club of New York, Mixed Company, IAC, Boys & Girls Club of Newark, HOPLITE ENTERTAINMENT, One Bedroom (Film) , Haiti Cultural Exchange, International Center of Photography, Vibe Theater Experience, Bark Bark, Grammar (documentary), Afropunk/Progressive Pupil, Big Words (Film, 2013).
- A Prelude To…, Newark International Film Festival 2019
- Haitian Creatives Series: DJ Hard Hittin’ Harry,
Haiti International Film Festival-Film Series 2017
- Dear Father, The Luminal Theater 2017
- Dear Father, New York Shorts Film Festival 2017
- Dear Father, Newark International Film Festival
(Winner of Best Director Documentary Short) 2017
- Baldwin’s Prophecy, The Luminal Theater 2017
- Baldwin’s Prophecy, Haiti Film Fest 2017
- Haitian Creatives Series, Haiti Cultural Exchange Selebrasyon! Festival 2016
- Lakou Nou Artist Residency, Haiti Cultural Exchange, Brooklyn, New York 2018
- BOJARSKI, SAM. “Haitian artists adapt to slowdown, social distancing with creative alternatives.” The Haitian Times. OCT. 10, 2020
- Silva, Bianca. “Haitian-American Photographer Seeks To Document Change Through The ‘Istwa Nan Je Yo’ Project” The Haitian Times. 2018
- Leonhardt, Andrea. “Brooklyn-based Award-Winning Short Film ‘Dear Father,’ An Intimate Exploration of Black Fatherhood” BK Reader
- “The Man Behind The Haitian Creatives Series Movement Speaks Out” Kreyolicious.com. Dec. 11, 2016
- Olivier, Alley. “Showcasing Haiti’s Creatives” Caribbean Life News. Dec. 11, 2015
- Tuitt, Kori. “Haiti Cultural Exchange celebrates Haitian culture through photography” Amsterdam News. Aug. 15, 2013
- Fields, Rob. “The Q&A: Photographer Richard Louissaint” Bold As Love (website). Dec. 11, 2012
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