As an event photographer who works for publications such as Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, Jessica Craig-Martin has carved out a distinct style. The events she covers for high-end glossies offer unlimited access to the world’s most financially lubricated circles. Her work offers a keenly observed portrait of haute society’s obsession with surface and conspicuous consumption. Manners, social codes and the glittering props of obscene wealth are framed by Craig-Martin’s witty, sometimes merciless eye. She has said, “The photographs occur in the place between desire and disappointment.”
Craig-Martin has had solo exhibitions at MoMA PS1, New York, Interim Art, London and Museo d’Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid. Her work appears in the collections of New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art, The New Museum and the Guggenheim, among other public and private collections. Craig-Martin is represented by Nathalie Karg Gallery, New York, where she recently had a solo exhibition. She currently has a solo exhibition at Galerie Andres Thalmann, Zurich.
The photographer lives in New York and works wherever the party is. She is currently working on a book of anecdotes drawn from her adventures in the field and other observations on modern life.
“My purpose is to capture any detail that catches my eye as odd, interesting, humorous, beautiful or tragic. I have always instinctually photographed the object of my desire with an unapologetically zoomed-in crop. Perhaps this highlights a slightly surreal or isolated quality, which I do feel when I am in these situations. I often automatically crop out eyes. They tell too much. I am not interested in the identity of individuals or in celebrities or in lampooning anyone. I see the guests as framed within a larger cultural phenomenon, in which I am also complicit as its documentarian. The on-camera flash declares my presence. I am part of the problem.” – Jessica Craig-Martin