On David Armstrong-The photographer,the artist,a photo obituary.

 

David Armstrong for Rodarte
David Armstrong for Rodarte

”To not study the history of photography when you’re trying to be a photographer is crazy. It’s only 150 years old. There’s not a lot of research you need to do.”

~David Armstrong~

 

Abiah Hostvedt by David Armstrong
Abiah Hostvedt by David Armstrong

 

 

David Armstrong was born in Arlington, Massachusetts. He attended the Boston Museum School and Cooper Union, and he earned a B.F.A from Tufts University in 1988.
Armstrong first received critical attention for his intimate portraits of men, either lovers or friends, in sharp focus. In the nineties, he began to photograph cityscapes and landscapes in soft focus to contrast with the resolution of his portraits. Street lights, electric signs and cars are reduced to a sensual mottled blur, complementing the vividness and tactility of his portraits.
His photographs have been included in numerous group exhibitions including the 1995 Whitney Biennial and Emotions and Relations at the Hamburger Kunsthalle.
David’s work has appeared in French Vogue, L’Uomo Vogue, Arena Homme+, GQ,Self Service, Another Man and Japanese Vogue among others. He realized advertising campaigns for a variety of clients, including Zegna, Rene Lezard, Kenneth Cole, Burberry, Puma, and Barbara Bui.

”David Armstrong  has a specific style and owns it,It’s almost like Vermeer, using only sunlight to illuminate uni-directionally. His photographs are about desire and despair. These are qualities he looks for in the boys’ eyes.”

~Ryan McGinley~

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Ethan James  A Backward Glance
Ethan James- A Backward Glance

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Karmen Pedaru by David Armstrong
Karmen Pedaru by David Armstrong
Kinga Rajzak in ‘Sideline Confessions’ shot by David Armstrong for 10 Summer 2012
Kinga Rajzak in ‘Sideline Confessions’ shot by David Armstrong for 10 Summer 2012
Kirsten Dunst photographed by David Armstrong
Kirsten Dunst photographed by David Armstrong
natalia vodianova shot by david armstrong for v
natalia vodianova shot by david armstrong for v
Natasha Poly by David Armstrong for Purple Magazine
Natasha Poly by David Armstrong for Purple Magazine

 

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Photographed by David Armstrong for Purple SpringSummer 2011
David Armstrong for Purple Spring/Summer 2011

 

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