- North America
- Alexia Wulff
The world of fashion is constantly changing. And while famous photographers, such as Richard Avedon and Steven Meisel, have captured the essence of this industry over the past several decades, a new wave of fashion photographers in the US are emerging. Here are seven of the most captivating of the bunch.
Christine Hahn‘s images are anything but subtle. Bold colors, unusual props, and wildly stunning portraits emanate a futuristic air. Originally from Seattle, Christine was drawn to photography at a young age. She has worked with clients such as L’Oreal, Amazon, Clinique, and Maybelline, and has been featured in New York Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar. She currently resides in New York.
Yuki James, a former fashion stylist and editor, began taking photography courses only four years ago; since then, he has risen to the top as one of the more compelling fashion-inspired photographers. His subjects, which mainly include people, rarely feature the typical models seen in mainstream fashion photography; rather, he focuses on shapes and perceptions, often shooting subjects in their own homes. James is currently based in New York.
‘I want to capture something real in every person I shoot. I have no interest in creating just another pretty picture.’
Graduating from the School of Visual Arts in 2013, Olivia Locher has quickly become known for her ‘sarcastic approach’ to studio photography. Her work features unusual juxtapositions of props aimed to startle the imagination, with color and concept evoking a dreamlike state. Originally from Pennsylvania, Locher discovered photography as a teenager in response to her growing fascination with fashion magazines, recreating images she saw in publications like W and Vice. She currently resides in New York City where she is working on an art book, I Fought the Law, set to be released in the fall of 2017.
Raised in Oklahoma, Rebekah Campbell began snapping photos as early as 15 years old. She attended art school at the Savannah College of Art and Design before moving to New York City to pursue her passion for photography. At just 23 years old, her work is notably mature beyond her years, with images centered around projections of femininity and youthhood. Campbell is inspired by ‘anti-fashion,’ or the mixing of fashion with her everyday images, and has worked with clients such as Marc Jacobs, Jeffrey Campbell, Steve Madden, and Urban Outfitters.
‘I first knew I wanted to be a photographer when I felt ‘it’ and you only know what that is the more you do this.’
Paul Costello purchased his first camera, the classic rainbow-striped Polaroid, at just eight years old. He graduated from NYU with a degree in photography in 1993, embarking on an incredibly successful career. He has worked with big names such as Annie Leibovitz and Oscar de la Renta, with his work appearing in Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan, Condé Nast, and Travel + Leisure. Costello delves into other realms outside of fashion including travel, interiors, and lifestyle portraits – all of which highlight the beauty of clean and classy photographic art.
Landon Nordeman‘s work demands attention. Each photograph conveys a sense of mystery and irony, focusing on position, gesture, and details to transpire thought in the viewer. Using his environment as inspiration, Nordeman opts to shoot during gatherings and celebrations, telling a story through his own point of view. His first book, Out of Fashion, was published in October 2016, covering four years of fashion weeks in New York, Milan, and Paris; it was named one of the ‘Best Photobooks of 2016’ by TIME.
‘My work is about discovery – about finding the eternal in the ephemeral. I have an idea of what I am looking for, but I never know exactly what it is until I see it.’
Sophie Elgort – inspired by her father, photographer Arthur Elgort – began taking photographs at a young age. Born and raised in New York City, Elgort received her degree from Brown University before jumping into the fashion industry. Her work has been featured in Elle, Glamour, and Teen Vogue, and she has worked for clients such as ADIDAS, Ralph Lauren, Topshop, and OLAY. Alongside her photography, she also contributes to several media outlets as a photography and fashion expert both on-air and online.