Brian W. Ferry

February 23 2014

Brooklyn-based photographer Brian W. Ferry has a knack for noticing things others don’t – and beautifully capturing those unseen moments on film. He has an impressive ability to turn once-basic genres like food photography and travel photography into a fine art form, presenting a refreshingly unobvious view of just about anything he captures.

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work for Fort Standard

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Brian has worked with more than plenty notable clients and publications, including Fort Standard, Conde Nast, Lines & Shapes, Sit & Read, Synonym Journal, Wilder Quarterly, Sight Unseen, Brooklyn Magazine, Freunden von Freunde, and JJJJOUND, just to name a few of our favorites. He’s published a book of work titled Quality of Life, presented his work in gallery shows, and documents his work and life in a really fantastic blog, The Blue Hour.

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The Florida Keys for Conde Nast Traveler

Brian shoots almost exclusively on film, saying “I want my photos to feel honest, organic and authentic. I want the viewer to stop and look and to feel something. The process of shooting film helps to do this – it’s slower, more deliberate and mindful. Plus, the look of film matches the aesthetic I look for in my photos.” (via)

The process and mindfulness of shooting on film, paired with Brian’s incredibly honed eye, brings an independent and artful vibe to some of his big commercial clients, like Starbucks.

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Rather than staging environments and photos as many artist do, Brian prefers to document things as he approaches them. It lends a candid authenticity to the work, and places more emphasis on his keen ability to observe and find details in unexpected places. He leaves room for natural light and darkness, spontaneity, and honesty, gathering than meddling with his subjects.

Even Ferry’s food photography and fashion work has a candid, natural vibe, setting it apart from stark, staged, or forced together arrangements. The beauty of his subjects comes through naturally, with the gentle encouragement of 35mm or medium formal film.

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All photos courtesy the artist. See more from Brian W. Ferry here.