Thinking of starting a new photography project over the holidays? Maybe you’re taking part in one of our projects?
D.Waife introduces you to five artists working with different photographic mediums who use their own culture within their field of vision.
Reppin or repping is slang for represent/representing. Thus, reppin is used to indicate that someone is representing something, usually their hometown – Urban Dictionary. 2018
Photography has long had a fascination with the representation of youth and youth culture. Iconic portraits have been captured in all formats from Mary Ellen Mark’s work with Seattle’s street kids to Rineke Djisktra’s video stills of Liverpudlian ravers. Today, that tradition continues across fine art and social media as the photographer’s gaze takes glimpses at the nuances of adolescence and returns with questions about the role nationhood and cultural heritage play in shaping its identities.
Within that tradition, there are a number of artists interested in contributing unheard dialogues to this conversation. Mixing traditions of fine art, reportage and portraiture, their works explore the realities of those whose public image has either been left out or misrepresented in the representation of youth culture.
The following are artists / photographers of note whose work explores these themes: