New York-based photographer Billy Kidd, who has shot campaigns for the likes of Nike, Anthropologie and Eres plus photographed figures including Jeff Koons and James Franco, coincidentally discovered his craft whilst studying for a degree in computer engineering thirteen years ago. Entirely self-taught and the recipient of five PDN awards, Kidd has already exhibited his artistic endeavors at venues such as Clic Gallery and 10 Corso Como.
“There was this old townie who used to roam around State Street back when I was living in Ann Arbor, MI. He was always talking to himself and looking for someone to listen, maybe give him some cash or cigarettes. This one night, real late, in the dead of winter, he stopped me. He said, If you walk around too much you’ll forget who you are. He had tears in his eyes as he said this. Before that night and after I’ve spent a good deal of time moving around, chasing something from one city to the next. I don’t know if this lifestyle is born out of necessity, a survival instinct, or if there’s something in the blood that keeps a person on the run. But after a while the foreign places start to feel familiar - the road and the spaces inbetween towns begin to feel like home. The more time I spend roaming around the more I know that townie was right. You can lose yourself on the road. You can forget where you’re going, what you love, and whatever it is you’ve been looking for your whole life. These are the places I passed through while I was forgetting.”
One of my coffee table books is True Hip Hop by Mike Schreiber. I got it at his signing at Clic Bookstore & Gallery in New York (check it out, it’s great). Mike was super gracious and kindly lied to me that he would do a photo book on opera next. Don’t worry about it Mike I was just being silly! Here are his pictures of the Wu Tang Clan.
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