Martyn Thompson's The New Romantic
The New Romantic is opening on Saturday, Oct. 20th at the Strange Loop Gallery in NYC. The selection above is from the photography of Musée Magazine's friend and reader Martyn Thompson, whose work will be featured at the exhibition that will be running until Saturday, November 3rd.
His photographic career was set in motion some twenty-five years ago when he began shooting the avant-garde garments he was designing at the time. As it turned out, Thompson’s images attracted more attention than the clothes themselves, launching a career that continues to make a profound visual impact today.
Thompson was seduced at an early age first by glam rock and later the dynamic youth movements exploding in the early eighties. He was particularly captivated by the aesthetic of Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s subversive early collections and the music of artists such as Siouxsie and the Banshees.
In a Martyn Thompson image the human and the environment are always connected-the ordinary can become something enigmatic. His mastery of natural light is a skill that has made him highly sought after for still life and product photography.
He is one of the founders of “the Tree” - a multidisciplinary art collective in New York City. Thompson has contributed editorial photography to some of the world’s most respected global magazines including Architectural Digest, W, The New York Times Magazine and British Vogue.
Martyn invited several like-minded artists to take part in this two-week exhibition that he is curating. The works are tactile, emotional, and ephemeral: often reflecting an artisanal aesthetic born out of Martyn’s love of craft.