Striking Black-and-White Photos of Toronto’s Tight-Knit Hip-Hop Community

Toronto-based photojournalist and cinematographer Ajani Charles has captured some of the biggest names in hip hop, including Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, and Drake. But the photographer feels an intimate connection to the local community in Ontario’s capital city, which is the subject of his ongoing black-and-white photo series. Project T Dot aims to shine a light on the dynamic Toronto subculture, raising awareness about the works of lesser known hip-hop figures, including members of the LGBT and aboriginal communities, women, youth from underserved neighborhoods, and recent immigrants.