People to Know: Imani Khayyam

"I like simple things," says Imani Khayyam, Photographer for Communications Department for the City of Jackson.

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"Just seeing different places, houses. Going around the city exploring different things I haven't seen before. Photographing things I haven't seen before."

Jackson is like his foundation, Khayyam says. "You know how people say, 'If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere?' I truly believe that I believe that about Jackson."

Khayyam sees his role as seeking out the hidden jewels in the city and taking time to nurture them. "[Jackson is] a melting pot of hidden jewels, but it's also a foundation. Where people can be groomed and go and take over the world."

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Presented in support of the JXN Bicentennial's 200 Souls campaign