Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Estevan Oriol



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Estevan Oriol started his career in entertainment as a bouncer at hip-hop clubs before moving on to tour manage acts Cypress Hill and House of Pain. During that time he became passionate about photography and began documenting his life on the road. When he returned home, his reputation afforded him unlimited access to photograph gang members and celebrities alike. His work has been featured in Complex, FHM, GQ, Vibe, Rolling Stone, and dozens more. Oriol has directed music videos for Eminem, Cypress Hill, Blink 182 and others. His recent photography book L.A. Woman captures the beauty and danger of the subject in a lush hardbound edition a decade in the making.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Oriol pulls inspiration from the city and reflects its sensibilities in his work. Southern California juxtaposes the glitzy and the gritty more than anyplace on Earth and those extremes are visible both in Oriol’s choice of subject and execution. Whether he’s photographing gang life, a fashion model, or Dr. Dre, there is a voice in his work that is distinctly LA bred.


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11 comments:

Trissta {Living on the Chic} said...

I've always loved his work. It makes me think. A lot. And definitely has a bad ass feel to it.

Much Love,
Trissta

sporkgasm said...

Love these! I may have to get that book.

Claire Kiefer said...

I hadn't heard of him before, but now I may become obsessed. Pretty sure this is my favorite of the art you've featured. I really love these images and would even hang them in my home. They're fascinating and you're right--the juxtaposition of the glamour and grit is haunting. I need to look into this guy more and order his book--these are incredible.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I just love how real these are.

Caroline said...

Totally bad ass!

Dancing Branflake said...

Now I want to know- do you have tattoos?

Little Rus said...

There's a lot of spirit in this photos and some shots really do make you think beyond the image... x

besswess said...

Thank you for the introduction. I love this work!

besswess said...

Thank you for the introduction. I love this work!

Annabelle Archer said...

Damn. That shit is hard.

Kitty Stampede said...

raw tough gritty shite to the max. damn, i love documentary style photography.