Photographer Spotlight

Don’t take your eyes of the work of these up-and-coming lensmen.
December 28, 2012

Richard Burrowes

photographed Anthony DiCapua
Despite only being a junior at Pratt, 22-year-old Richard Burrows has quickly made a name for himself on the nightlife scene, snapping photos for the likes of XL Nightclub, Michael Cohen and Splash. Next year, Burrowes will be showing work at the International Center of Photography, where he is a teaching assistant, and at Pratt. He is currently at work on a series that explores what the word “masc” means to people in the gay community.

NIR ARIELI

photographed Holly Dae, nirarieli.com
After three years in the Israeli military, 26-year-old photographer Nir Arieli made his way to New York and graduated from the School of Visual Arts. His work has been a finalist for the Tierney Fellowship, Google Photography Prize and the Adobe Design Achievement Awards. Often drawn to dancers, his recent work includes “Inframen,” a stunning series of male dancers shot in B&W infrared. He he is currently trying to fund a piece with the dance company Batsheva.

Tommy Kha

photographed Kimani Gordon, tommykha.com
Currently an MFA student at Yale University, Tommy Kha’s unique and playful self-portraits are “concerned with issues of identity politics and representation by focusing on performance as document for the camera.” The pop-culture-obsessed Memphis, Tenn. native is currently at work on projects that feature Civil War reenactments, gay men who participate in wearing superhero Spandex costumes and documenting his extended family.

Guillermo Riveros

photographed Merrie Cherry, guillermoriveros.com
Colombia native Guillermo Riveros’s art is a “campy, esoteric, scary and beautifully gross” grab bag that may include photography, performance, installation and even collage. The 30-year-old Greenpoint resident, who has a BFA in illustration from Parsons the New School for Design, is currently in post-production on the silent short film devil horns and will be debuting a performance piece in 2013’s Queer New York International Art Festival.

Santos Muñoz

photographed Judson Harmon, santosmunoz.com
Parsons the New School for Design student Santos Muñoz has a real knack for capturing the male form. The 21-year-old Brooklyn resident uses natural light to create and manipulate color and tonal range. Currently he is at work on his undergraduate thesis. “It centers on the ideas of incomplete intimacy and struggle and power within relationships,” he explains. The work will be on view at Milk Gallery in May 2013.

michael quigley

photographed Le1f, quigleyphoto.com
With a BFA in Photography from School of Visual Arts, 23-year-old photographer and video artist Michael Quigley has caught the eye of art insiders for his mix of traditional Renaissance references and modern takes on personal expression. “My photographs are raw catalogs of what is found underneath the tangible social identifiers we protect and guard ourselves with,” says the South Jersey native. He is currently at work on his Kickstarter-funded series People You May Know.