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‘Suburban Splendor’: Portraits Capture Coming of Age in Utah

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For Suburban Splendor, Brooklyn-based photographer Brian Shumway returns to his suburban roots, challenging both the optimism of mid-century American ideals and modern stereotypes surrounding suburban living. As a child of a miner father who worked his way into the middle class of 1970s America, Shumway lived in new suburban towns sprouting throughout the states, including Oklahoma, Arizona, Texas, and Utah. Today, his nieces and nephews remain in a small town in Utah, coming of age in relatively sheltered and at times isolating communities.

Photographs of live-action role play

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Brian Shumway is a New York City based photographer whose work blurs the line between portraiture, documentary and fine art photography. He has worked for the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, XXL and the New York Times, among others.

Of this series, Modern Medieval, he writes: ‘Escaping into the mythical and fantastical world of LARP (live-action role play) and Medieval Combat is a very popular, but little known, pastime in the United States, and even globally. To those who are part of this world, Medieval combat and LARPing are not the same thing. LARP is more narrative based (often following rules and story lines from D&D) with more extravagant costumes. Medieval Combat, on the other hand, attempts to stay true to actual medieval dress and sword-play. But they are in fact closely related. Both use Medieval times and mythology as their base.

Brian Shumway, New York

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Brian Shumway is a New York City based photographer whose work blurs the line between portraiture, documentary and fine art photography. He has worked for the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, XXL and the New York Times, among others. Of this series he writes, ‘Black Girl is an ongoing portrait series about young black women in the New York City area who aspire to be models of all types. It grew out of a perceived need to expand my work beyond just documentary and into portraiture and ‘fashion.’ So, I began to shoot models, contacting them through a modeling website. As I did, I noticed something. We all realize, at least in some way, that the mainstream fashion world is white-washed, especially at the high-fashion end, and successful black models are very rare by comparison. What I found was that even though there are so few black professional models, literally thousands and thousands of young black women (just within 50 miles of my zip code) are striving to attain that dream, or at least their interpretation of it’.

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