From striking nude portraits of his mother (see a clothed shot of Engman Sr above) to contorted models for Dazed, Chicago-born Engman is pulling the rug from under conventional fashion photography. Colourful and high-contrast, his work displays a real flair for the off-kilter, and overflows with playful touches like models clutching plastic shopping bags (rather than the latest accessories) and the edges of rolled-up backdrops cheekily left in shot.
What was your defining pop culture moment of 2014?
Charlie Engman: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Williams and Joan Rivers.
How would you sum up what you do in a sentence?
Charlie Engman: Look and share.
What’s your favourite song and movie of 2014?
How do you think style and pop culture will change in 2015?
Charlie Engman: People will get bored faster, and everyone will wear jeans, because what else is there?
What new skill did you learn this year?
Charlie Engman: Pushing past regret.
What’s the most surprising thing we’d find out if we looked at your phone?
Charlie Engman: So many puppy pics. But maybe that’s not surprising.
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