Artifactual Realities

August Bradley



To many of us watching around the country via fragmented glimpses in the media, it’s hard to understand who is behind this movement and what has brought so many of them to Wall Street.

Since the movement is non-hierarchical and is not represented by leaders or clearly defined personalities, any glimpse requires a broad sample. 99 people selected as arbitrarily as possible seemed like an appropriate, as well as symbolic, number to get a sense of what’s happening here.

This portrait series focuses on the faces — no environment, no signs — of each person, with an honest look into the lens without any trappings other than what they were wearing at the time. We wanted it to be personal, these portraits are a look into the eyes.

August Bradley, From the series: “99 Faces of Occupy Wall St.”, 2011. Inkjet on photo paper, 30” x 22.5”

Installation view Station Museum of Contemporary Art, August Bradley, From the series: “99 Faces of Occupy Wall St.”, 2011. Inkjet on photo paper, 30” x 22.5”

August Bradley creates distinctive portraits, conceptual images, tv commercials, and short films with an artist feel and a sense of drama and mystery. He works for clients ranging from designer labels to consumer brands to lifestyle magazines, as well as producing images for gallery exhibitions. Bradley has been selected as a Hasselblad Master, received numerous Graphis Gold Awards, been chosen for the PDN Photo Annual, and received several IPA “Photographer of the Year Awards”. His work has been profiled in a wide range of photography, design, and culture magazines around the world including Zoom, Graphis, Digital Photo Pro, Desktop, Victor by Hasselblad, Digitalis Foto, ProfiFoto, and has been featured in numerous leading design and photo-art blogs (Google “August Bradley” for list). Building on the success of our past two Fashion Week presentations at the L.A. Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Bradley and his team are creating cross-media collections for gallery and museum exhibitions, shooting portrait collections revealing the faces shaping our society, and working with clients worldwide.