These stirring, unapologetic photographs bring forward the legacy of change, economic depression and transience which has haunted America’s history. Places and characters in today’s settings as if searching for their own meaning a new definition of place, which still tips its hat in homage to the grit and dirt in which today’s America springs. Photographers BJ and Richeille Formento met 14 years ago, while working on a common assignment, and have been partners in both life and work ever since. Together they travel around the world, creating highly inspirational visual series that treat the human persona as prime matter that can be
re-shaped through the most unconventional of scenarios. These are usually set in a surreal environment that is saturated in an abundance of contrasting references involving everything from culture and sex to high-fashion and technology.
In contrast to their work, the reason that pushed the photography duo in the direction they followed was anything but surreal. It all started with the recession in 2008 and the subsequent collapse of the American Dream. Simply getting by in New York wasn’t enough for the Formentos and soon life found them traveling across the US in a 27-foot 1969 Airstream, in an attempt to capture this newly-found reality through photographing women they would meet along the way. The result of this eight-month trip was "Circumstance" the duo’s first conceptual series and big breakthrough.
Embossed linen hardback with tipped in image
Book size 12 x 12 inches
Publication date January 1, 2020
The artist edition comes with a studio stamped, signed archival pigment luxury baryta print by Formento & Formento and is limited to 100 copies hand numbered 1–100, plus 5 that are retained by the artist and are inscribed from AP1–AP5.
"Lori and Amy, California 2010"
Image Size: 8x10 inches
Paper Size: 12x12 inches