On the last day of 5th grade, I won the twist contest. In 11th grade, I got an award for perfect attendance. For the last 15 years, I’ve been living off the glory of winning a few skateboard contests. But now I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been awarded one of PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers. I’m honored to be included alongside my homie Ben Rasmussen, who is daily source of inspiration, and others I admire like Bobby Doherty and Bryan Schutmaat. These days, my twist is good but great, my attendance is imperfect, and my 360 flips pretty wonky. But I assure you that this photography thing will only keep getting better.
Author Archive for Bryan Derballa
The lovely folks at Huck Magazine put out a Documentary Photography Special issue. My Before We Land project is featured alongside a number of my good friends, including Mike Belleme, Mustafah Abdulaziz, and Alex Welsh. It’s a gorgeous issue flush with incredible photos from all over. I’m really proud to be a part of it and happy to have this project printed for the first time in such a capacity. Click here to read the story as a PDF.
I photographed chefs Melia Marden and Dale Talde for the latest G-Shock ad. We were are a strict timeline, but next time I’m staying for dinner.
Just before Halloween I photographed artist Lisa Hanawalt in Christmas-themed costumes for the current issue of Juxtapoz. Thankfully, we’re in New York City and no one looked twice.
My photos from the Station to Station project were published in Wired‘s Japan edition this month. They did a nice spread and used quite a few pictures. It’s nice to see it in print, even if I can’t read a word of the text.
I’ve had a few portraits in recent issues of Juxtapoz Magazine. I photographed Charles Ardai for the cover story on his pulp noir publishing company Hard Case Crimes.I also spent some time with Hiro Kurata in the Brooklyn neighborhood that we share. Finally, I photographed Eric White for a second time (the first was during the Deitch/Livestrong collaboration back in 2009). I convinced him to step out into a downpour. Such a trooper. I’ve got some more work coming up in the next issue as well. I’m loving this magazine.
I found myself on a train barreling through the southwest for the last two weeks of September. I was covering Station to Station for WIRED. The trip was billed as a “nomadic art happening” and masterminded by artist Doug Aitken. Along the way, they stopped for several shows and performances. It was a quite a lot of work, but the whole experience was one of the best assignments I’ve ever had.
I photographed L.I.E.S. (Long Island Electrical Sounds) for a feature in FADER #87. I found myself wandering different parts of Brooklyn with a diversity of electronic music artists and making connections. And the final spread came out very nicely, running about 10 pages in the magazine.
My Before We Land project is featured on National Geographic’s brand new photography blog called Proof. It’s an honor to help kick off a new endeavor from such an established institution. Especially alongside great photographers like Martin Schoeller and Nick Nichols. I’m very grateful to Janna Dotschkal from Nat Geo for reaching out about the work. National Geographic is the dream publication and it’s great to be recognized by them in any capacity.
I covered another season of Fashion Week for J. Crew. I think this is my fourth consecutive season shooting their show. Usually Fashion Week is very anonymous for me; I just try to fade into the background and find my pictures. But with J. Crew it felt like family this time around. I got warm hugs from Jenna, Tom, Frank, Jo, Lucy, Nan, Liz, Taunya, and the whole team. I could walk around the venue like it was my living room. In the freelance world, this kind of comfort is much appreciated. Here are a few photos some of which ended up on J. Crew’s Tumblr, Instagram, and hopefully in a few printed pieces in the near future.