When it comes to creatives, we come in all forms. A group of individuals whom come to mind as “hungry” and perfects their craft from day to night are photographers. Whether you’re on Twitter or Instagram, you just can’t get away from them and neither do you want to. What we love about photographers in this generation is that they all tell different stories, they all hustle differently, their portfolio is technically their social media, and you can tell one from the other. What also makes this generation’s photographers even more special is that their young. Check out 10 young photographers below that you should know (in no order).
1. Whether she’s using her camera or doing behind the scenes video work, it’s ladies first! The first photographer we’re placing our focus on is a woman you may know as Nailah Howze aka #NaiShotThat. Whether this LA-based photographer is shooting models like Salem Mitchell or catching artists we love like Daniel Caesar and Princess Nokia, her shots are never the same and clearly when it comes to the camera, she does THAT and some. If you don’t know her now, you might want to get familiar.
2. The next photographer who’s making wave via LA is visual artist and photographer FrankHaveMercy. If he’s not hosting his own exhibit with Adidas, , making a short film, or showing his own merchandise at NYFW, you can definitely catch him shooting his camera. Although Frank’s following was nothing that happened overnight, he has consistently captivated the eyes of many through his shots in which many consist of clouds, rain, pain, and most importantly a very clean finish.
3. While we’re still on the LA spectrum, we can’t forget photographer and artist Aris Jerome. Aris Jerome studios is located in Los Angeles and if you had to describe his photos in one word, it would simply be “raw”. On his IG you can find him shooting from the likes of Snoop Dogg, Kehlani, A$AP Rocky, Karrueche, and the list literally goes on. If you’re curious to why people keep circulating to his page, you should more than likely go check it out for yourself.
4. The next photographer you should definitely know is Rayscorruptedmind. If you’ve been following Rayscorruptedmind for awhile or even watched his feature for Hypebeast’s In Real Life (IRL) series, you may have learned that Ray was self taught and from a small town, started out taking pictures of Osiris (as in Bloody Osiris) via Instagram, then Ian Connor, went on tour with Playboi Carti (where he also encountered Lil Yachty and Quavo), and shortly after he became Travis Scott’s personal photographer. Following that Ray became involved with Nike for a campaign that would be influenced by the aesthetic of his Instagram. Next time you walk past a billboard in New York, you might just get graced by the work curated by Rayscorruptedmind. His focus isn’t just about capturing moments, but about inspiring others to never give up.
5. Speaking of New York, another photographer who’s work speaks for itself is Dee Knows. Like many photographers, Dee never stops working and in fact you can usually catch him taking shots of members of Proera like Joey Bada$$ and Kirk Knight. Along with them, you can really catch Dee taking pictures that are shaped by the moment it’s taken in.
6. Next on this NY train is photographer and visual artist Josh Sobel. When you log on to his Instagram, it’s clear that he wants to bring you a certain feel whenever you see a photo snapped by him. The photos he snaps can be perceived as pieces to his ongoing story as a photographer. Amongst this journey, Josh has came across and captured the faces of artists like Gucci Mane, Quavo, and numerous campaigns and events for brands in collaboration with High Snobiety.
7. Last but not least is a photographer from South London who taken pictures in NY that would help put fire to a brand, Imran Ciesay, a man you may know as one of the founders of “PLACES + FACES”. Imran snuck back stage to get photos of people like Kanye and would put them on Tumblr which of course led to a crazy following. The merchandise for the brand formed a year later and wasn’t even made for retail but just for promotional use. Eventually Places + Faces is no longer just about the pictures or the merch, but now him (along w/ business partner Solomon Boyede ) have created a lifestyle.
8. The next photographer on our list comes from the realms of ATL and only shoots with film, his name is Gunner Stahl . Gunner bought a camera that ended up breaking which eventually lead to him being given a camera by his friend for a concert, which happened to be film camera. Gunner took a picture of Wiz Khalifa back in 2014 and he even credits MikeWillMadeIt for taking him under his wing. Even though Gunner is known as one of hip-hop ‘s rawest photographers, he’s definitely growing into one of the most up close and personal photographers of music in this generation. Thus far Gunner has been responsible for book covers, art exhibits, magazine covers, and even the cover for Playboi Carti’s debut album. In addition to this you can find his photos spotlighting artists from Tyler, The Creator to Lana Del Rey to Ed Sheeran. I think it’s safe to say that his work directly speaks to this generation because it’s so unfiltered.
9. Next out of ATL is none other than Cam Kirk. Cam Kirk is originally from PG County of Maryland but is based out of ATL, where you can find most of his photographs not being displayed as just photos, but as art. Although Cam has been around photography his whole life, he started capturing figures of Hip Hop by first taking off-guard shots of Gucci Mane. Since then Cam’s work has been executed as billboard exhibits (that consisted of shots of 21 Savage, Migos, and more), the Trap God exhibit (which contained numerous pictures of Gucci), has starred in a campaign with Adidas alongside Metro and Gunna, Art Basel, event collaborations alongside Vashtie (such as the recent Bloomingdales event), directing for Reebok, and is quickly taking the world by storm.
10. Last but not least is the one and only Greg Noire. The Texas based creative is a photographer who’s work you can catch across publications like Complex’s IG and of course amongst his own Instagram. His shots that are typically captured at music concerts and festivals but what makes his photos stand out is that his work literally makes you feel like you are at the concert and that the artist is literally performing to you. Amongst his work, you can find artists from Andre 3000, Kanye, and Kid Cudi to Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, and Kehlani. If you haven’t figured it out yet, his photos aren’t just snapshots, they’re more like posters (which tells you everything you need to know). If you don’t follow him or his podcast (The Greg Noire Show on Apple Podcasts), then it’s definitely time to catch up.