In the summer of 2008 I was fortunate to be involved in two projects that gave me the chance to do one of my favorite things: take portraits of artists.
A collaboration with Terry Jones and i-D magazine brought me to Mexico City in June. The Artisan Issue (September 2008) featured some of these photographs, but thanks to my friend Rafael Micha from Hotel Habita I was able to capture a much wider snapshot of the young art-scene.
In July, a second project allowed me to work with curator Lioba Reddeker in Los Angeles. Together with artists Roger Herman and Hubert Schmalix from the Black Dragon Society, Reddeker picked nine LA-based artists for an exhibition that was part of the HangArt-7 program in Salzburg, Austria. For the catalog, I visited all of the artists at either their studios or homes.
This book is a record of what I found, I hope you enjoy it.
Rainer Hosch was born in Vienna, Austria. His father, Heinz, was a renowned photojournalist who gave his son his first camera on his 8th birthday. The younger Hosch developed a strong interest in photography, and by high school he decided to turn his passion into a profession, studying his craft at the Graphic Institute in Vienna and UCLA. Based in NYC since 1997, Rainer works internationally for magazines as diverse as Men's Vogue, Wired, Portfolio, LA Weekly, Details, Esquire, GQ, i-D, Flair, Muse, and Interview. His ability to capture both celebrities and unknown subjects in a charismatic and characteristic light have also earned him advertising campaigns for Microsoft, Nike, Hewlett Packard, Pravda, Xbox, and more. Most well-known for his distinctive black-and-white portraits, Rainer is currently enjoying a larger influx of both color and on-location assignments, including reportage and environmental still life.