I am a London Guildhall University graduate, completing my BA (Hons) Fine Art degree with a specialized focus in photography in 2003. Raised in the outskirts of London within an artistic family, I grew up with a deep passion for skateboarding and music, both of which directly influenced my early interest in the arts. In 2004 I moved to New York after assisting several top-tier photographers in London and working for a summer at the legendary publication Dazed & Confused. During my early years in New York, I continued as a photographic assistant while also running a small community darkroom on Canal Street, where I would carefully develop my own photographs into the early hours of the morning. Those endless hours mark the inception of an ongoing passion with not only the photographic image, but also the process behind it.
My first portrait assignment came in 2007 for Interview Magazine and in 2008 I was a recipient of the prestigious award PDN’s 30. Soon after, my photographic work made regular appearances in New York Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Rolling Stone, W Magazine, WSJ. Magazine as well as a myriad of other editorial commissions over the years. Commercially, I have been privileged to work with and contribute to the artistic vision of brands such as Adidas, Burberry, Pierre Balmain, G-Star, and Rag & Bone, and my images have 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.
Early on in my career, zine-making and independent publishing became integral to my artistic approach and acted as a vehicle to share and distribute my work. I believe collaboration is at the heart of these endeavors and working with others in building a communal network is without a doubt the reason to participate in this medium of expression. The decentralized mode of production that the history of zine-making engages is critical when I consider the ways in which knowledge can be produced and disseminated. Zines offer an opportunity to put into the hands of the producer the power to tell their own story, this is something that I value deeply.
With this goal of creating space for independent dialogue, exchange, and collaboration in mind, from 2008 – 2018 I co-produced 53 unique publications and worked with over 60 artists, as well as participating each year at Printed Matter’s Art Book Fair in both NY and LA since 2011 and 2013 respectively with the independent zine press PWP alongside book designer Brian Paul Lamotte. PWP became our platform to help and actively encourage young image-makers to pursue their own ideas, collaborating and engaging closely with both 8-Ball Community and The Newsstand initiatives. Our project “Zine Time” (a vending machine that we produced specifically for The Newsstand) was acquired and displayed at MoMA’s Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015 exhibit, and subsequently traveled 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 operate our vending machine and receive a free unique zine at each happening.
Having a keen interest in education and pedagogy, I contribute regularly as a visiting artist, guest class instructor, and for portfolio reviews at inspiring institutions such as the FIT, ICP, Parsons School of Design at The New School, Pratt Institute, Red Hook Labs, Regent’s University London and SVA. I have also organized special zine workshops for major galleries such as Gavin Brown’s enterprise and with brands like Converse CONS. Since 2017, for Red Hook Labs I have orchestrated a range of photography and zine workshops and was additionally asked to mentor one student outside of session time, supporting their pursuit and dreams of a future career in photography, as well as mentoring another student through their first major photoshoot commissioned by The Women’s National Basketball Association. In 2019, I was extremely honored to lead a workshop for the Red Hook Community Justice Center | Center for Court Innovation in conjunction with their partnership at Red Hook Labs.
From 2019 to 2021 I was the Artist Educator at Dia:Beacon for their influential Dia Teens program, where I liaised with the learning and engagement department to formulate two full school-year syllabi, lesson plans, and guest artist workshops for bi-weekly onsite classes at Dia:Beacon’s learning lab. In the spring of 2020, we made a drastic pivot due to the COVID-19 pandemic to develop, research, and strategize weekly online classes, encouraging at-home assignments and activities as well as orchestrating a 4-day-a-week summer intensive remote digital program. For the summer 2021 intensive program, we were able to return to in-person sessions for 5-weeks, which concluded my final syllabus for the program. Working with the teens at Dia:Beacon has been one of the most magical and fulfilling experiences of my career. For Spring 2022, I am currently collaborating with Dia:Beacon again for their AEP partnership series, visiting art classes at Rombout Middle School with a curriculum I have devised around the creative potential of paper.
As an extension of my dedication to zine-making and an educational practice, recently I have been instrumental in collaborating with creative technologists Troy Lumpkin and Christopher Kim to co-found SHRIMP ZINE – a Progressive Web App developed to help young digital natives make zines for free on their smartphones. Intended to be a communal creative tool that takes images that live in the digital sphere and help those using the app to merge them into an object that can be printed out, shared, and exchanged IRL. Together, we created SHRIMP ZINE to promote the art of zine-making and to explore the possibilities of the digital and the physical coming into contact with one another, as well as engaging in public discourse and world-building using the vessel of the zine and printed material as a catalyst to do this work. SHRIMP ZINE exists to consider how to connect bridges between people and break down walls to allow for new and exciting forms of tangibility.
I currently live and work in Brooklyn, New York.