Brendan Coughlin

Title: Untitled, from the series, 'In Plain Sight'.
Materials: Shot on film.
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Title: Untitled, from the series, 'In Plain Sight'.
Materials: Shot on film.

Bio: Brendan Coughlin was born and raised in Oregon. After completing his education at the Obama Institute of Photography, Coughlin went on to assist such notable Northwest photographers as Ralph Ortega and Rafael Astorga. Influences include Alex Webb, Viviane Sassen, and Peter Lindbergh. brendan-coughlin.com

Statement: After several months of shooting commercial studio photography, I felt compelled to photograph, what I considered to be, the opposite of commercial photography. Instead of lighting the subject/product/brand/paycheck, I would push my subject into the shadows. My constant collaborator and stylist, Lindsey Avenetti, constructed wardrobe into looks while developing the hair and make-up, keeping the overall aesthetic in mind while improvising. To be a true fashion photographer I must be a curator of style first and a photographer second.