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5 of the Hottest Photographers Under 30

We reverse the camera and present some of the freshest new talent in the world of photography.

1. OLIVER CHARLES

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The youngest photographer on this list at only 19 years of age – Oliver is fast becoming one of the most talked about talents of his generation. Currently still at university, he was recently named in Flickr’s ’20 Under 20’ Award.

Concentrating predominantly on portraiture, his digitally manipulated works explore the relationship between the natural and fantastic. With a string of high profile fashion clients and an exhibition in New York, it is safe to say that we will be seeing much more of this incredibly talented photographer.

AGE: 19

FROM: London

EDUCATION: Ravesbourne College, London

WEBSITE: olivercstudio.co.uk

CLIENTS: Flickr, Llewellyn Worldwide LTD, Playground Libri (IT), Livre de Poche (FR), Defcon Recordings, Goose Lane Editions

EXHIBITIONS: Flickr’s 20Under20 exhibition at Milk Studios, New York (2014), Blueprint Journal (Issue 1), PhotoVogue, The Culture Trip.

 

2. ALEJANDRO CEGARRA

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At the tender age of 24, Alejandro is the recent winner of the 2014 Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award. His exhibition ‘The Other Side of the Tower of David’ was a depiction of the 2,000 illegal squatters who inhabit an unfinished tower block in downtown Caracus, Venezuela.

Alejandro primarily focusses on documenting human culture. Previous works include capturing the Venezuelan street protests in 2014, the elderly and the criminal underworld of his home city. Winning the Cegare Scholarship in 2014, awarded Alejandro a year’s representation by Getty Images and mentoring by the much respected Patrick De Nola.

AGE: 24

FROM: Caracas, Venezuela

EDUCATION: Alejandro de Humboldt University

WEBSITE: alecegarra.com

CLIENTS: Associated Press, Últimas Noticias, Al Jazeera, Stern, profil

EXHIBITIONS: IdeasTap; Elemento latent, PhotoEspaña, Madrid, Spain; Les Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France; Ian Parry Scholarship retrospective, Visa pour l’image, Perpignan, France

AWARDS: 30 Under 30 Magnum Photos; Ian Parry Scholarship; Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer

 

3. CLARISSA BONET

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Clarissa’s work delves into the exploration of urban spaces in both a physical and physiological context. Moving from Florida to Chicago to attend Columbia College in 2012, she became intrigued by the vibrant surrounds which continue to shape her artistic direction.

Already exhibiting on an international as well as domestic level, her pieces reside in the collections of The Museum of Contemporary Photography’s MPP collection, The South East Museum of Photography, and The Haggerty Museum.

Her work has also been featured on CNN Photos, Feature Shoot, Lenscratch and many other notable online publications.

AGE: 28

FROM: Chicago, Illinois

EDUCATION: University of Central Florida, Columbia College

WEBSITE: clarissabonet.com

EXHIBITIONS: Workspace Gallery; Calumet Gallery; Pictura Gallery; Perspective Gallery; Museum of Contemporary Photography; Haggerty Museum; Southeast Museum of Photography

AWARDS: Chicago Individual Artist Grant, Magenta Foundation Flash Forward, PDN‘s The Curator, Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50

 

4. CHRISTAAN FELBER

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When not on a travelling around the country on his vintage motorcyle, Felber works as a freelance photographer regularly shooting for the New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker.

His style is a raw and honest story set on exploring America’s diverse contemporary culture. From rockers to economists and street scenes. His book ‘Boxeo Clasico’ captured the heart of boxing and was released to critical acclaim with American Photo Magazine as one of the year’s best photography books in Fine Art.

Early this September Felber signed with Giant Artists, putting him in amongst other up-and-coming artists such as Justin Fantl, David Black and Joao Canziani.

AGE: 29

FROM: Brooklyn, New York

EDUCATION: Rochester Institute of Technology

WEBSITE: christaanfelber.com

CLIENTS: Sony Records, Nike, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, ESPN The Magazine

EXHIBITIONS: Public Assembly; Clic Gallery; Humble Arts Foundation Group Show

 

5. FELICIA SIMION

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Simion has burst upon the photography scene. Boasting a selection of images and expositions at PhotoVogue before finishing her first year of college, she has gone on to win a host of increasingly prestigious awards and accolades.

 Describing herself as the ‘oddball of the family’, Felicia’s images transport the viewer with a series of rich and often sensual stories. Her portfolio features an array of studies: from portraiture and street scenes to landscapes. Each photo captures a moment that leaves the viewer studying her pieces in longer detail.

Felicia explains:  “Someone once told me that I press the shutter when God wants it pressed. From then on, I felt like photography was something bigger than an ephemeral crotchet, beyond the crust of my soul, brighter than light itself.”

AGE: 21

FROM: Craiova, Romania

EDUCATION: National University of Arts, Bucharest

WEBSITE: feliciasimionphotography.com

PUBLICATIONS: National Geographic, PhotoVogue, BLUR Magazine, LensCulture, FAHRENHEIT, Franca Sozzani’s blog (editor-in-chief @Vogue Italia), HIPA Awards book.

EXHIBITIONS: RK Burt Gallery, London (solo), “La Quatrieme Image” festival, Paris, The Kiernan Gallery, Studio Marangoni, Grand Gala, Centrum Nauki Kopernik, 1650 Gallery

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