City of Residence: New York
"PHOTOGRAPHY IS AN EXPEDIENT WAY TO COPY AND MOLD SOME VERSIONS OF REALITY"
With his investigative approach to picture making, Charlie Engman creates images that seem like conceptual and visual solutions to formal problems. He often pushes the visual possibilities in his productions, and experiments with elements such as the models, costumes, light, environment, graphic design and post-production.
His work has appeared in magazines like AnOther, Dazed & Confused, The New York Times Style Magazine, American Vogue, POP and Garage and he has collaborated with Stella McCartney, Hermès, Lacoste, Vivienne Westwood, and Kenzo.
Partly due to his professional background in theatre and dance, Charlie Engman initially started to use photography as a technique to collect information. With great insight in visual and sculptural movement and gesture, he created the notable Domestic Diorama, which is a series of abstracted body studies where the viewer is invited into his naked universe. The photographer also included himself as a model in this project.
“I photographed myself naked, so I thought to myself: why not my mother too?” From then on the two of them started to work together and his mother has now become his muse.