Austin Young


Austin Young: Photographer and filmmaker Austin Young has been documenting pop, sub, and trans culture since 1985 through portraiture. A portrait is a representation of an individual; it’s intent: to capture the essence of the sitter. This fundamental quality in Young’s work is delicately crafted through a sensitive eye and seemingly minimal artifice that serves, not to mask, but to crystallize the essence of the sitter in a manner that is unique to Young’s vision. Young combines facets of archetypical beauty with a pastel color palate and compositional simplicity that foregrounds and imbues subject with an emotional presence and intimacy.

Young’s portraits have been featured in major publications such as Interview magazine, OK, and Flaunt. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions and projects at Pop Tart gallery (Los Angeles, CA), machine project (Los Angeles, CA), Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, CA), Berkeley Art Museum (Berkley, California); and as well as groups shows at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Los Angeles, CA) and Stephen Cohen Gallery (Los Angeles, CA). In addition to photography and filmmaking, Young is one of the founders of Fallen Fruit, a collective whose work has been shown at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Hammer Museum; Salt Lake Art Center (Salt Lake City, Utah), Machine Project, Matadero (Madrid, Spain); and Ars Electronic (Austria). Fallen Fruit is a Creative Capital grantee for 2013 and just completed LA County’s first public fruit park with a grant from the LA County Arts Commision.