After taking a look at 10 of the most influential skate photographers of all time, we shift our focus to the world of urban photography. With an ever-increasing number of photographers out there, gaining recognition and standing out can be a tough battle, but there’s a handful of artists whose names are popping up within the photography world.
Poised with a camera and making a name for themselves through capturing the smaller details within the sprawling urban landscapes they call home, they show us a fresh perspective on the solid grey blocks as well as the groups of people and individuals that make up the city. Sometimes it’s simply luck – appearing to be in the right place at the right time to document the bizarre and unconventional situations that become almost normal in the world’s major cities. Without further ado, check out the five upcoming urban photographers to keep an eye on below.
Around the turn of the new millenium, Sean Vegezzi and his friends began their explorations into the off-limits areas of New York City, as they traversed above and beneath their city to climb abandoned skyscrapers, tunnel through disused subway lines and generally be where they’re not supposed to be. Several years in, Sean began to photograph his friends as they went in search of these in-between spaces – building up a collection of images that have recently surfaced, earning him huge recognition within the modern photography world.
Sean is now 23 and has released his first book, I Don’t Warna Grow Up, which feels like a time capsule of his teenage years. Published in 2012 by Fourteen-Nineteen, the book compiles five years’ worth of images and is partly responsible for his rise to popularity. An honest collection of impulsive images that capture the spirit of adolescence, and celebrate youth and adventure with a raw and boyish presence.
Los Angeles is a city known for its vibrant characters, strange scenarios and being in its own bubble. Nathanael Turner perfectly captures the spirit of the city through his spontaneous yet brilliantly composed images, focusing on the people that make LA what it is.
Nathanael grew up in rural upstate New York, a very different environment to that which he currently resides, which partially explains the curious nature of his images of LA – feeling like an investigation into the lives of the people he photographs. He began shooting photos at just 11 years old, and has spent years mastering his distinct and vivid style of work which has gained him commissions with some seriously notable clients such as New York Magazine, Nylon Guys, Spin, Vans, Microsoft and many more.
Hungarian-born photographer David Sopronyi’s work has been gaining a significant amount of attention recently, winning him three prestigious photography awards in 2013 alone. Based in London since 2009, David began working as a freelance photographer in 2012 after finishing his studies at Middlesex University London.
In his latest series, “West Way,” David captures this particular area of West London with a calm and gentle approach, focusing on the subtle colors and arrangements of this seemingly banal area of the city, which at first glance, wouldn’t appear to be even remotely photogenic. The series consists of 59 images of the Westway complex, often focusing on the subtle signs of life and nature that surround the enormous concrete structures, and through the use of great composition and natural light, he has managed to make the Westway seem almost elegant and graceful.
See more of David’s work here.
American photographer Eric Ruby currently resides in Minneapolis, a city which doesn’t appear on the pages of photography and art blogs all too often. With his work falling somewhere between fine art and documentary photography, his portfolio shows influence from the great pioneers of American photography.
Eric picks up on things that would usually go unnoticed, best shown in his series “as sure as eggs” which includes images of suburbs, shop fronts and signs, presented in calm and ambiguous scenes. Even a hectic scenario like an overturned car is presented with a certain poise and organization, suggesting that his process of shooting is more complex than a simple snapshot.
Eric has published six limited edition books of his work through Houseboat Press, a publishing house run by him and a small group of other artists, and has had his photos appear in New York Times Magazine.
See more of Eric’s work here.
Toronto born photographer Stephanie Noritz first picked up a camera while studying at Ryerson University in the fall of 2002. Her work focuses primarily on youth, capturing young people in moments of stillness and creating a great sense of nostalgia through soft, natural light and a feeling of curiosity towards the people she photographs.
Now based in Brooklyn, Stephanie has two projects in particular that really stand out for us. One includes a collection of candid portraits shot on “Go Skateboarding Day” in New York, as well as at skate parks downtown and in her home city of Toronto. The other is a series of images about Brooklyn’s Automotive High School Football team, a group of underdog players who due to lack of a home field, gather in the park each week to practice.
Now working as freelance photographer, she has recently racked up a very impressive client list, having shot for the likes of New York Magazine, Dazed and Confused, Monocle and more.
See more of Stephanie’s work here.
Written by Ed Phillips for Highsnobiety.com