Reflecting on the current fashion and documentary photography landscapes, British photographer and publisher¬†Rankin has chosen seven photographers from the next generation redefining and elevating the genres. They are¬†Nadia Lee Cohen, Trisha Ward, Arvida Bystr√∂m, Katja Mayer, Scarlett Carlos Clarke,¬†Zuza Krajewska and¬†Aleksandra Kingo. While each has a different approach, their work is linked by purpose. Whether challenging taboos, ageism or beauty standards, their images deliberately make a statement and cut through the crowd.
“Future Visions presents a glimpse into the future of photography, where images defy the conventions and restrictions set by mainstream media, where the influence of past visionaries is combined with an irrepressible desire to break new ground. This is a new age of image making.”
We take a closer look at the photographers Hunger is highlighting.
Arvida Bystr√∂m’s imagery has been described as having a ‘femme perspective with a post-internet edge‘. Her work tackles¬†sexuality, body image and gender politics in a bubblegum pastel palette. Somewhat of a cyber sensation, Arvida has a significant following on Instagram and this internet culture permeates her work. In 2015 she opened a gallery space in London called Gal. Her latest project, together with artist Molly Soda, is to publish a book of crowd-sourced images that have been banned from Instagram. It aims to question censorship of the human body in online spaces.
Trisha Ward specialises in bringing an artistic approach to the world of fashion photography. Her photographs are narrative with the intention of prompting viewers to imagine her characters beyond the edge of the frame. This extends to her soulful portraiture. Trisha has lent her style to major fashion labels and inspired editorials.
Nadia Lee Cohen
Heavily influenced by 50s, 60s and 70s Americana and Great Britain, Nadia‚Äôs female dominant photography springboards the viewer into a world both surreal and melancholic. A self-proclaimed 70s punk rock fan, Nadia has an incredible ability to tell a powerful story through her imagery. Drawing strongly on a number of filmic influences from Kubrick to Tarantino, her photographs bring a fluidity to their subjects and the world‚Äôs they inhabit. Nadia is currently in the midst of her most cited project, 100 Naked Women. Through the project Nadia speaks to empowering women through concepts of body image, while giving an ode to the female form that defies censorship of the female body.
Take a retro aesthetic, mix it with clever wit and a dash of awkward humor. The result is the dreamy, quirky and vibrant world of Aleksandra Kingo. Her hyper-real worlds and deeply saturated colours enhance pink bananas and make red lipstick pop from the page. Her aim is to balance the viewer on a tight rope between enjoyment and discomfort. Her inspiration is summoned from pop culture, Wes Anderson movies and 70s fashion, while her photographs hold a unique perspective. Aleksandra‚Äôs signature is a take on the irony of everyday life situations.
Scarlett Carlos Clarke
Scarlett‚Äôs work is provocative, polished and carries a strong sense of nostalgia. She is the daughter of prolific photographer, the late Bob Carlos Clarke. While Scarlett has stated that her style is completely different to her father‚Äôs, his legacy has remained a strong influence on her as a photographer. Scarlett co-founded the zine, Hate with a strong belief in offering an alternative platform for unheard voices that push back against apathy and offer a raw response to political systems and mainstream publishing.
Artist Katja Mayer’s photographs are conceptual and memorable, commanding a response.¬†Her editorial work reveals an affinity for muted tones, dramatic lighting and subversive material. Through her recent¬†series Fitting In, she questions the idea of the perfect body. Commercial or personal, her work is concerned with what’s below the surface.
Zuza Krajewsky is known for her fashion photography and inspired portraiture. The images she creates are challenging, often borderline disturbing and always hold a suggestion of vulnerability. For Zuza, stepping into the world of documentary photography would seem to be a natural evolution. For the last few months she has been photographing at a boys detention centre in Studzieniec, Poland. Through this¬†long term documentary project she is uncovering themes of self-esteem, trust and rehabilitation.
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