Matt Henry is a UK-based photographer who shoots little stories about 60s/70s America – a project that can be attributed to three decades of U.S. film and television addiction. Although his love of storytelling led him first into fashion photography, he quickly became tired of having to tell stories about beautiful women in beautiful clothes. Fueled by the notion that another photographic genre of narrative fiction had yet to be embraced, he set about creating his somewhat darkened vision of classic, rural America. Matt lives in Brighton with his Rhodesian Ridgeback dog Sam and works commercially out of Paris and London.
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Tamar Levine is a Los Angeles-based photographer specializing in fashion, portrait, and fine art photography. Since receiving her BFA with honors at Art Center College of Design in 2005, she has been working on editorial and commercial work for clients such as Runway Magazine, Reebok, 944 Magazine, Filter Magazine, Nylon, Interscope Records, Atlantic Records, Island Records, Angeleno Magazine and YRB Magazine. This work is from her series, Jell-O Salad, which was recently included in PDN’s 2011 Photo Annual.
Ben Sklar is based in Austin, Texas and photographs for publications such as The New York Times, National Geographic Magazine, Newsweek, The London Sunday Times and Time Magazine. This work is from the ongoing project, ‘Serenity’, in which he writes, ‘In the early spring of 2008 Aimee and her husband Jeff decided they were fed up. They wanted to free themselves from the constraints of the mundane, routine everyday lifestyle in urban America that so many have become conditioned to call normal. The American Dream so many strive for had left them jaded and full of discontent. They donated everything they owned: a 50-inch TV, boxes of childrens’ toys, and even gave away their wedding rings to a couple they found on Craigslist.
‘A retired military family sold them a 1980s Allegro recreational vehicle and shortly their after the family made their way slowly to their first destination — the Rainbow gathering in Wyoming. A place they would learn how to be free and live in the present as inspired by author Eckhart Tolle. The Harris family made connections to people of a similar outlook at the gathering in the wilderness and continued to travel for almost two years.
‘The family endured many highs and lows: sub freezing temperatures during a Wisconsin winter, begging for mercy at an airport hotel after going broke, meeting good friends for life who would give them shelter and help repair their RV, seeing the white sands of the finest beaches in Florida and the spirit of New Orleans during Mardi Gras among those experiences. Eventually, they grew wearing of their life on the road and looked more seriously for a place to settle. While crashing at parents and friends’ houses in Texas, they found a 160-year old home in a forest in Northern New Mexico and fled Texas again cash in hand for the deposit.
‘I continue to maintain a relationship with the Harris family and visit them multiple times a year from my home in Austin. I document the family’s experiences through digital still and video photography. Presently I am researching grants to continue photographing alternative lifestyles in the United States and am working on editing the Harris’ story into a short documentary film’.
VII photographers Antonin Kratochvil, Donald Weber and Maciek Nabrdalik have been working independently in and around the Forbidden Zone of Chernobyl, traveling into the abandoned City of Pripyat as well as its eerily overgrown green countryside. Together they have amassed one of the definitive records of the Chernobyl disaster, creating a collection of photos documenting the secret evolution of the post-atomic disaster area, pictures that reveal a haunted world. A modern city once filled with atomic engineers and nuclear physicists was lost forever to calculus error and a culture of obsolescence. Disaster happens to highly advanced societies, but what happens after the steel fences go up?
Today the photographers have found a strange society re-imagining Chernobyl. In the empty villages, postatomic pioneers hunt radioactive wild boar; the New Rich build villas equipped with Geiger-counters just a few kilometers from the destroyed reactor known locally as the “Chernobyl Riviera”; while in the weed-choked ruins closer to the epicenter, silent “Stalkers” hunt for metal salvage they can sell on the black market.
via Gotham Imaging, who also generously supplied handmade prints for the show.
After assisting for a small selection of cherry picked photographers and selling his scooter to a City boy, Jonathan Minster set up as a commercial photographer in London. Specialising in graphic still life tinged with humour, Jonathan has worked for a range of clients including Blackberry, The Times and Sky Sports, Dazed and Confused, Wallpaper and Vogue, creating advertising campaigns and editorial spreads alike. Jonathan’s style is of considered observations, the everyday overlooked. He creates elegant still lives that observe the unobserved and he enjoys highlighting those things that people so often overlook. Jonathan works from his studio in Old Street, London and drinks Miso soup every day. He is represented by Vue Represents.
David Welch is a fine art photographer based in Savannah, GA and Martha’s Vineyard, MA. He is currently a MFA candidate in photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Of this series, Material World, he writes, ‘My work is a response to this contemporary consumer milieu. By treating artifacts of consumer culture as readymades, I create assemblages to form pseudo monuments, or totems, that serve as precarious externalizations of culture as social biography. The totems speak of accumulation and materiality and encourage debate about consumption, media, class, gender and the ways in which we feel compelled to consume’.
via Beautiful Decay
Anders Wallace is a photographer and filmmaker originally from South Florida. He moved to New York City in 2007 to study at the School of Visual Arts. Since then he has been assisting for New York photographers while refining his own work and exploring moving video as a medium. His pictures are made rather than simply taken. They are constructed illustratively to form a filmic and often fantastical narrative using classic archetypes of Mythology to discuss identity and relationships in the de-romanticized landscape of Modernity. Wallace is looking to apply his dramatic visual style and rich conceptual subtext to the commercial worlds of Portraiture, Advertising, and Editorial pictures.
He recently won 1st place in SVA’s 5th Year Award which was sponsored by FotoCare, Gotham Imaging and Brewer-Catalmo Portfolios and judged by myself, Kris Graves, Peter Berberian, Denise Wolff and Adrian Mueller.
Louis Porter was born in the north of England in 1977 and has been based in Melbourne, Australia since 2001. His work has been exhibited in Australia, England, Canada, Austria and China. He regularly undertakes editorial commissions and has been featured in Monocle, ADbusters, GEO, Trace, The Age, The Monthly and The Big Issue amongst others.
Jonathon Kambouris was born in 1982 and raised outside Detroit, Michigan. Growing up he had a strict balance of suburban normalcy with strong roots to the inner city of downtown Detroit. He moved to New York in 2001 to study photography at Parsons The New School for Design. Since then he’s been shooting many editorial and commercial assignments, while keeping a strong emphasis on personal work. This work is from his series, ‘RX’.
Michelle Dylan Huynh was born in 1991 in Melbourne, Australia. Only finishing high school two years ago, she has developed an impeccable eye for portraits and subjects surrounding. She has recently been featured in ELLEgirl Korea and done spreads for international independent magazines. Her vision represent a very raw youth combined with whimsicality and carefreeness of the Australian culture.