Gason Ayisyin is a New Orleans-based photographer born in Cabaret, Haiti. Gason immigrated to the United States as a young child, settling a close-knit neighborhood in South Florida where he sustained a traditional Haitian lifestyle before moving to New Orleans in 2001.
Gason’s self-studied interest in photography began in high school while in South Florida and continued thereafter. However, a pivotal moment after Hurricane Katrina transitioned his interest from casual enjoyment to purposeful vision. Soon after, Gason developed a loyal following that has dubbed him The Spirit Catcher, due to his combination of spirituality and storytelling in a documentary style of photography. Gason seeks not to capture moments, but energies; thus, his artistic viewpoint immortalizes expressions of the inner-self and cuts through pretense to expose spirit and the beauty that emanates from such truth.
Gason’s work has earned invitations to show in the group exhibitions Ashe to Amen: A Visual Art Exhibit Exploring the Enduring Spirituality of People of African Descent, Ashe Cultural Arts Center, New Orleans; YOUth Matters, Xavier University, New Orleans; and Nurtured: Shaping Tomorrow’s Culture Bearers, Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans. Moreover, his work has been featured in the Gambit and Times Picayune.