Here in Selected Works you will find a brief yet representative experience of my personal photographic art works and client commissions. It reflects both my unique style of light and color as I explore themes of the uniquely American experience. A bit about navigation: If you aren’t in a rush, head over to All Works; if looking for something specific, give the category filter a spin.
Devin Booker: Becoming Legendary
Auctioning Off A Dead Mall
I Am Not a Soldier but I Have Been Trained to Kill
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Alex Gagne for The Photo Banter. We cover a range of topics from my past to current works, my photographic philosophies, and navigating both the art and the commissioned audience of the industry. We also touch on something I have been thinking a lot about lately- time as a medium… Conceptually, technically, and thematically.
It was such an honor to join an impressive list of peers, mentors, and photographic legends.
On today’s podcast I speak with photographer Jesse Rieser. Jesse Has worked with clients such as ESPN, Coca Cola, Esquire, The NBA, and Adidas to name a few. In this interview I speak to Jesse about his recent cover shoot with NBA player Devin Booker for ESPN , I also speak to Jesse about his approach to assignment work and how he balances the worlds of Art & Commerce. I’ve always enjoyed Jesse’s use of color in his photographs so I was excited to get a chance to speak with him about his recent project titled “Phoenix : A Dystopian Legoland that tastes Like Candy” which is a series of urban landscape photos and portraits that utilize color and space in a unique way. Jesse brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the photographic industry so I was pumped to get a chance to speak with him about his journey with photography so I hope you enjoy and thanks for listening.
The Reinvention of Ryan and Sara Hall
2018 - 2020
In collaboration with Red Modern, The Sunset Spot is a new exhibition program curated by artist, Jesse Willenbring, inside Jonathan Wayne’s eponymous store. Each exhibition is a pairing of artworks by two artists displayed alongside two pieces of corresponding furniture. One combination is displayed inside a sparse gallery and another is displayed within the context of the store.
I am exhibiting with celebrated modern artist Matt Magee. In response Magee’s Poem for Dublin, Green 7, and Flag Hanger, I am previewing works from the upcoming A Vanishing American Folklore and Stalking A Serial Killer book. The exhibition is structured for collectors to view the work with socially distanced appointments and a complimentary face covering designed by by Jesse Willenbring.
The inaugural Sunset Spot conversation runs through February 2021. Email for appointments.
Curator Jesse Willenbring-
“For the past decade, my wife and I have worked collaboratively under the name, The Sunset People. We have a shared list of passing thoughts about sunsets and their relationship to our work as visual communicators. We often return to this list as a place of inspiration at the start of a project. Our modest, slightly clunky notes remind us of a philosophical ideal larger than the work we pursue. One of my favorites is, “take a deep breath and make time to take in the sunset at the end of each day.”
For this project I wanted to create a place to reflect upon our collective relationship to an earth that gives back a unique sublime beauty daily. The sun’s bright hot life is also the world’s most efficient demarcation of time passed. Ever prescient right now, it feels like a safe reminder that we are not alone during this lonely time. Experiencing a good sunset is like the best of an art exhibition, simultaneously universal and yet personal in meaning.
In collaboration with Red Modern Furniture, The Sunset Spot is a new exhibition program inside Jonathan Wayne’s eponymous store. It is a westward facing wall within a retail space that presents a pairing of artworks by two artists. Select pieces of furniture will encourage and enhance what is in front you. Matt Magee, Jesse Rieser is the inaugural exhibition.
Matt Magee and Jesse Rieser are wanderers. They’re masters of the passing observation: bringing light to the splendor of everyday visual happenstance. To Matt Magee a discarded aluminum can, a tube of green paint, a misprinted fortune cookie text, or a shadow glanced from an open studio door equally contribute to his visual lexicon. For Jesse Rieser, “his use of light and bleached color, leaves the viewer with the illusion that our existence is equally beautiful as it is fleeting.” Together, these two artists present works that reveal and look back at us, putting the viewer on the spot while giving us a starting point to create our own languages and stories.
The pandemic has shocked us all and although it has restricted our return to ‘normal’ it has not limited the potential to use art to create distinct, memorable experiences. The sun will set again tomorrow, enjoy another one today."
Jesse Willenbring curator (top right) By way of New York and Los Angeles, Jesse is a painter represented by Ceysson & Bénétière. He also is the cofounder and creative director of of bleach books; specializing in artist books and collaborating with film makers such as Jordan Peale, Jonah Hill, and Gus Van Sant.
Jonathon Wayne gallerist (top left) As owner of Red Modern, Jonathan has been dealing art and rare mid-century furniture for nearly three decades. “A piece of art, a well-designed chair, both carry stories and history that transform banality into magic – blank walls into conversations with friends and ancestors.”
Matt Magee exhibiting artist (bottom left) Born in Paris, educated at Pratt and mentored by Robert Rauschenberg. Known for his minimal abstract paintings and sculptures widely collected and exhibited.
Jesse Rieser exhibiting artist (bottom right) Rieser’s photographic work focusses on the unique American experience. His use of light and bleached color, leaves the viewer with the illusion that our existence is equally beautiful as it is fleeting. He and his projects have been featured in the NY Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic, and NPR.
2015 - 2018
2010 - 2019
The Changing Landscape of American Retail is on display through October 10th in the annual Fresh exhibition at Klompching Gallery. The gallery has arranged a zoom panel with owners Debra Klompching and Darren Ching with virtual artist talks with myself and artist Marcus Desieno and you can register through eventbrite here.
Now in its 9th year, the FRESH Annual Exhibition is presented by the Klompching Gallery in New York. Only 5 photographers are selected for this exemplary exhibition, curated and presented to the highest standards by one of the leading contemporary art galleries, specializing in the exhibition and sale of emerging, mid-career and established artists working in the photographic arts.
Beginning in 2015, The Changing Landscape of American Retail is an ongoing documentation of the shift from traditional brick-and-mortar locations where we once socialized and interacted with our community to the stark and generic essential for e-commerce. Like memories, familiar retail entities are fading away. Today, they stand as modern-day ruins and architectural artifacts.
These works are an exercise of looking to the past and peering into the future, serving as a metaphor of how technology is accelerating cultural change in the modern world. I know you can’t fight change, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be sentimental.
Celebrated in the PDN Photo Annual and Photolucida’s Critical Mass, you can learn more by visiting interviews on The Washington Post, NPR, Architectural Digest, Wired, Fast Company, and Business Insider.
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Condor Airlines (Germany)
Published in the July / August 2019 issue, I photographed Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin as they await trial for owning the online classified giant Backpage.com. Backpage was the red-light district of the internet or the Google of commercial sex ads, and for this both men face life in prison. As they await trial they are under country arrest and cannot travel.
Photographically I wanted to portray Lacey and Larkin in a way that spoke to their decades of defiance, possible incarceration, the shadowy space in which Backpage operated, and their physical and psychological imprisonment as they are confined to their homes and Maricopa County. In hindsight, these works take on new meaning as we have been participating in our own levels of compliance and isolation.
Article by Christine Biedermann and assigned by Beth Holzer and Anna Alexander.
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to this year’s judges:
Aeriel Brown, Photo Director, Bloomberg Businessweek
Laura Geiser, Freelance Photo Producer and Editor
Tara Guertin, Director of Photography AFAR
Molly Roberts, Independent Photography Editor, Visual Storyteller and Curator
Jolie Ruben, Culture Photo Editor, The New York Times
David Sleight, Design Director, ProPublica
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Grand Canyon 100th Anniversary
Ben Simmons for Anomaly
The Hard Luck Texas Town That Bet on Bitcoin and Lost
This is a story about “Sky Village,” an astronomy centric retirement community and their founders, the self appointed “Star Geezers,” Jack and Alice Newton. Located in Arizona near the New Mexico and Mexico border, the remoteness (closest grocery store is 3 hours away) is a gift as this is one of the darkest places on the North American light pollution map. Couple this with the clear air of the desert, this was how the Newtons selected and purchased several hundred acres of land and divided them into 22 distinct lots.
Easily one of the most interesting places I have visited in recent memory. A close-knit community bonded by their love of the celestial, the remoteness, and the darkness….. so dark that on a new moon you can no longer see your feet. So dark you never knew so many stars existed- appearing dizzying, textural, and 3-dimensional. So dark as your eyes adjust, you can see your shadow cast by the stars overhead.
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Palm Springs to Yuma on the Sunset Limited
For the kickoff of the holiday spending season, I talk The Changing Landscape of American Retail to The Washington Post. Click here to read in full and images bellow from an expanded edit and outtakes for a Business Insider feature.
The Washington Post feature Edited by Karly Domb Sadof and design by Clare Ramirez.
Business Insider feature edited and interview conducted by Katie Canales
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Dustin Johnson, Xander Schaufelle, & Sergio Garcia
Backpage.com Cover Story
Society Magazine (France)
Honored to have two images from Phoenix: A Dystopian Lego Land That Tastes Like Candy selected as one of the year’s best in the American Photography AP 35 Annual. Phoenix is a new personal project consisting of colorful, constructed, fictional, and surreal suburban vignettes.
Cover by Adam Amengual and book design by Claudia de Almeida. Congrats to all the winners and thank you to the Judges:
Jessica Dimson, New York Times
Dustin Drankoski, Mashable
Lea Golis, Apple
Rosey Lakos, Godfrey Dadich
Eve Lyons, New York Times
Thea Traff, Time Magazine
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Rob Krar Running in the Dark
The Changing Landscape of American Retail is currently on exhibit as part of the traveling exhibition The Fence by Photoville at the Griffin Museum of Photography and the Winchester Cultural District until September 27, 2020. The outdoor installation is a safe exhibition experience during covid.
2019 & 2020 Fence exhibitions:
Brooklyn Bridge Park. Brooklyn, NY.
Santa Fe Railyard Park. Santa Fe, NM.
LoDo District. Denver, CO.
Atlanta Beltline. Atlanta, GA.
City Hall Plaza. Durham, NC.
Waterfront Seattle. Seattle, WA.
SoWa Southie Plaza. Boston, MA.
Fourth Ward. Houston, TX.
New Orleans, LA.
The Metro (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota)
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Last week I started to see Christmas lights find their way back on to residential homes as a sign of cheer and hope amid the pandemic. I liked the idea of “Merry quarantine.” Christmas In America: Happy Birthday, Jesus at the core is about the annual escape and a unifying event by way of nostalgic ritual. A reoccurring comfort where many find joy in the exercise of looking forward coupled with memories of holidays past. Similar to now- we stay patient and too search for solace in looking both to the future and past.
With the downtime I realized that I hadn’t shared any of this past season’s features. 2019 was the final chapter as I focused on New York City and surrounding areas.
Selected features are as follows:
1-5: Chaeg Issue 52. South Korea
6-7: Wings Magazine. Germany
8: Geo Magazine. Germany
9: Amtrak the National. USA
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