Photographer Bradley Scott takes pictures of sex workers. Sometimes it's for his own work and sometimes it's for their own promotional websites. Not surprisingly the images are heavy on sex, nudity, and general adult themes. When I first viewed his shots they suggested another Terry Richardson wannabe. But maybe that's kind of the point. Richardson makes expensive coffee table books that dudes jerk off to. His pictures are the product of a bare fantasy—sex that is as removed from gentle copulation as you can get. It’s about separating the body from the brain. Bradley Scott, whether by accident or design, bypasses the bit where he transforms the model into the subject. By photographing sex workers he addresses the fantasy directly. People try and explain away the role sex plays in art, but are we really just holding out to see tits? Bradley thinks so, and he skips all the faux-intellectualism to get there.
David Dare Parker has made a name for himself photographing some of the most dangerous places on Earth. The Perth native has travelled through the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Iraq and the multitude of military coups and street protests that plague South East Asia.
In between taking photos in the scariest places on earth he still manages to find time for his side projects at home. He’s a founding member of the °South, the Reportage Photo Festival as well as serving as an Australian Ambassador for Nikon.
ALLHIPHOP.COM: How long have you been taking photographs for, and how did you get started?
I got involved in photography during the summer of 2006 through a series of events where I met celebrity jeweler Ben Baller who later introduced me to DJ Skee. At the time Skee co-owned an entertainment public relations company called “Hype PR”. I worked with Skee that summer lending my talents to whatever I could at the time. Throughout my months working with Skee I always carried my camera with me to document my experience at Hype. Everything was new and exciting to me, and I felt that photos would help preserve those moments as keepsakes for me later on. After a couple of months working with Skee he asked me if I could take some new publicity shots for him. I gladly accepted his request and in the end Skee liked the portraits I shot of him. A few weeks later I received a call from Skee asking if I was interested in photographing Game and his team for a new project they were working on together entitled “The Black Wall Street Journal Vol. 1”. Again I took advantage of the opportunity and headed down to his office to meet with Skee and Game. That night I shot with Game, Ya Boy, Juice, Skee and a couple of other guys who were present for the studio session. From that night on I dropped by a couple of more studio sessions with Game and began to build a rapport with him. Once I realized that my photographs had something special to them, I dedicated more time to the craft and learned about the art and business of photography. I started shooting regularly and publishing my work online. Soon after, I started receiving commissioned work from different publications and artists. I then took it a step further and implemented my other talents to my work. I think the one that’s complimented my photography work the most is my graphic design talent. It’s allowed me to express myself fully as an artist when shooting and designing projects. The most recognized projects being Nipsey Hussle’s “The Marathon”, DJ Quik’s “The Book of David” and Schoolboy Q’s “Habits & Contradictions. I think those projects earned me recognition and respect on my art and branding execution.
Tim Page is a photojournalist of the old school. He arrived in Saigon, South Vietnam, in 1965, when he was 20 years old. Over the next few years, Tim saw enough Agent Orange and Viet Cong to last anyone a lifetime, but he didn't stop going to dangerous places and taking incredible photos.
After Vietnam, Tim freelanced for Rolling Stone while travelling the world, with stopovers in Laos, Cambodia, Bosnia, and elsewhere. In 2009 he was a UN Photographic Peace Ambassador in Afghanistan. He has set up charity organizations like the Indochina Media Memorial Foundation, which honors the legacy of journalists who died covering wars in that region through workshops and tutoring programs, and mentored young photographers throughout Southeast Asia. Oh, and he’s the author of nine books, including the widely acclaimed Requiem, a collection of pictures from photographers who died in the Vietnam War.
I recently got the chance to share a joint with Tim and talk about his time in the Vietnam War, his time in the world since then, and the impending doom of photojournalism.