I am a London Guildhall University BA graduate, completed in 2003 with a major in Fine Art (focus on Photography and Moving Image). Raised in the outskirts of London within an artistic family, I grew up with a keen interest in skateboarding and music, both of which directly influenced my interest in the arts. In 2004 I moved to New York after assisting top-tier portrait & fashion photographers in London and working at the legendary publication Dazed & Confused. In early years I assisted numerous photographers in New York while also running a small darkroom on Canal Street, where I would carefully develop my own photographs into the early hours of the morning. Those endless hours spent mark the inception of an ongoing love affair with not only the photographic image, but also the process behind it.
My first editorial commission came in 2007 for Interview Magazine and in 2008 I was the recipient of the prestigious PDN’s 30 award. Soon after my work made regular appearances in New York Magazine, The New Yorker, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Rolling Stone, W Magazine, WSJ Magazine as well as a myriad of other editorial collaborations over the years.
The photographic process is as much about the production of the image as it is the investment in a community of makers. With the goal of creating space for independent dialogue, exchange, and collaboration within the art and photography communities, in 2008 I co-founded an independent zine & book press Pau Wau Publications (known as PWP) that I ran with the designer Brian Paul Lamotte for over 10 years. PWP became our foundation to not only help and actively encourage young image-makers to pursue their own ideas, but also to inspire ourselves in the process.
Prior to retiring PWP in 2019 (pivoting to work on other projects and to explore some new directions) since the imprint’s inception in 2008 we had created 53 unique publications, participated every year at Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair in both NY and LA since 2011 and 2013 respectively as well as various other book and zine fairs around the globe. PWP also led us to collaborating and engaging with both Lele Saveri’s 8-Ball Zines and The Newsstand initiatives – our project “Zine Time” (a vending machine that we produced specially for these endeavors) was acquired and displayed at MoMA’s Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015 exhibit, and subsequently travelled to the Fondation Louis Vuitton in France, on display during the Being Modern: MoMA in Paris 2017 exhibition. Both entries included a special one-off event that we curated; allowing visitors to use our vending machine and receive a free unique zine for each event.
With a keen interest in education and pedagogy, I contribute regularly as a guest lecturer, class instructor and portfolio critic via inspiring institutions and platforms like The New School, SVA, Pratt Institute, FIT, ICP & Red Hook Labs, as well as organizing special workshops and collaborations with major galleries such as Gavin Brown’s enterprise and with brands like Converse. Through 2017 I also mentored a 17-year-old high-school student off-site through their membership at Red Hook Labs, supporting their pursuit and dreams of a future career in photography.
Commercially, I have been privileged to work and contribute to the artistic vision of brands such as Burberry, Rag + Bone, Pierre Balmain & Adidas and since 2014 my work has been included in three special monographs with the artists Raymond Pettibon (To Wit, 2014), Jordan Wolfson (California, 2015) and Carol Bove (Polka Dots, 2016), all published by David Zwirner Books.
I currently live and work in Brooklyn, New York.