Introducing Phillip Toledano, a conceptual artist who is known for his socio-political photography and deeply personal works.
Stylising his photographs with serious and somber mood by limiting colours and saturation in his Hope & Fear Photography Series (2004), Phillip Toledano believes that a photograph should be like an unfinished sentence – there should be enough room for questions. I am completely in love with how his simple yet conceptual photographs are stimulating. And considering there’s no Photoshop tricks involved..
His projects are not only spectacular but also deeply personal and emotional. Hope & Fear series is a surreal portrayal of America’s worst nightmares through an elaborate use of costume and staging. In each portrait, the subject is subsumed to the extreme into a particular object, which represents a specific societal problem or common anxiety. Phillip Toledano describes Hope & Fear as “the external manifestation of internal desires and paranoia that are adrift in contemporary American society.”
Though produced over a decade ago, Hope & Fear is a documentary that still rings true in today’s society. And though each photographs may be interpreted differently by each viewers, they nevertheless suggestively convey powerful messages.
His other notable projects include A New Kind Of Beauty (2008-2010) and America Gift Shop (2008).
Scroll down for more photos, and read more about Phillip Toledano’s works at his website here.