Ben Toms is the quietly prolific photographer behind some of the decade’s most norm-busting editorials – and our winter issue cover. With a mixed media VHS-thetic, Toms’ work messes with the mundane and the marvellous. Casting female bodybuilders alongside this season’s freshest faces, his subjects continue to ask if we’re sitting uncomfortably.
Sum up what we can expect from you in 2015.
Ben Toms: I’m working on a photo exhibition with Janina Pedan and designing a series of furniture pieces.
What new skill did you learn this year?
Ben Toms: Snapchat.
Who’s an unsung cultural hero that you discovered this year?
Ben Toms: Gaetano Pesce.
What’s the most surprising thing we’d find out if we looked at your phone?
Ben Toms: A lot of photos of my praying mantises and bonsai trees.
Who should have been at number one on the Dazed 100?
Ben Toms: Lil B.
Lead image: Taken from AnOther Man Spring Summer 2014. Miles wears leather waistcoat and biker jacket by Jitrois, Quilted bomber jacket by Alpha Industries, T-shirt from Rokit, Denim trousers by Marques’Almeida.
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