Friday, 6 August 2010

The world of Todd Selby

vivienne sato - artist and drag queen
at her home - tokyo - october 27 2009

gary card - set designer and illustrator; and henderson mccue - gareth pugh's first assistant, pattern cutter and studio manager
at their home - london - august 18 2009

Having always had a strong interest in photography, from the shocking David LaChapelle exhibition I first saw in Buenos Aires in 2007, to the classic fashion shots of David Bailey thrown about on America's Next Top Model, I have upped my photography interest with recently investing in my first SLR.

I have since stumbled across the fairly new success of the American wonder-kid, Todd Selby. He seems to be a phoblographer (yeah maybe that term won't catch on ha) and has had his own booming website since he started in 2008.  

Toddy was born in Orange County, California and the chap himself has quite a neon-coloured CV. He has been gainfully employed as; a translator and Tijuana tour guide to the International Brotherhood of Machinists, a researcher into the California strawberry industry, as a Costa Rican cartographer, a consultant on political corruption in Mexico, an art director at a venture capital firm, a japanese clothing designer, and as a vermicomposting entrepreneur (a gardener extraordinaire, to you and me). Thankfully he found his life's true calling as a portrait and fashion photographer.

His website biography sums up his new success as the following: "Todd Selby is a portrait, interiors, and fashion photographer and illustrator. His project The Selby offers an insider’s view of creative individuals in their personal spaces with an artist's eye for detail. The Selby began in June 2008 as a website, where Todd posted photo shoots he did of his friends in their homes. Requests quickly began coming in daily from viewers all over the world who wanted their homes to be featured on the site. The Selby’s website became so popular—with up to 35,000 unique visitors daily—that within months, top companies from around the world began asking to collaborate."

Without any more blurb, let's see his photos...

gerald decock - hairdresser and visual artist
at his home - new york city - july 12 2010

herve pierre - creative director for carolina herrera
at his home - new york city - june 16th 2010

the selby and nike 6.0 collaboration - ad campaign
shot in tahiti, georgia, new jersey, new york, and florida
featuring ben horan, garrett reynolds, james stewart, mason aguirre, michel bourez, and nigel sylvester

sofía achával - stylist; and thibault de montaigu - author
at their home - paris - jan 19 2009

Mr. - artist
at his home and studio - outside tokyo - february 10 2010

nicki bidder - managing director of starworks london and anton saunders - actor
at their home - london - march 23rd 2010

sean macpherson - hotelier
at his home - new york - april 12th 2010

The Louis Vuitton family home and the Louis Vuitton bag workshop in Asnièrese

Karl Lagerfeld at his studio in Paris

Verbal, Tatsuya Matsui and Yasumichi Morita in Tokyo shot for Louis Vuitton

All these photos are taken from his website (where they are smaller and in better quality!). It was so hard to choose but hopefully I've done him justice and whet your appetite! If you're convinced, check out his new book 'The Selby' selling on amazon for £15. 

Anyone want to pose for my camera lens? Get in touch!
Over and out x

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