Dan Martensen’s fashion and portrait photographs have an aesthetic of natural beauty. Often photographing on location and in rural environments, Martensen’s relaxed and collaborative approach creates images of genuine ease and spontaneity. Martensen studied photography at the Rhode Island School of Design and brings the qualities of an observational photographer—finding meaning within the scenarios that unfold in front of his camera—to his commercial work. With his clear talent for framing the experience of his encounters with his subjects, Martensen is a regular editorial contributor to magazines including Elle, GQ, i-D, Interview, The Last Magazine, Muse, Teen Vogue, and Telegraph Fashion. His commercial clients include Aeropostale, Clarkes, Esprit, Express, H&M, Tommy Hilfiger, Mugler, Nike, Prabal Gurung, Theory, Vans, and Vince, and special projects created for Alexander Wang and David Yurman. Since the early 2000s, Dan Martensen has been travelling and photographing across America and principally in the States of the Southwest. Martensen seeks out the visual paradoxes and embedded histories of the region, taking cues and his creative departure from the work of the legendary chroniclers of the American vernacular; William Eggleston, Joel Sternfeld and Stephen Shore. A selection of sixty photographs from this project is published in Martensen’s book Photographs from the American Southwest, designed by Berger + Wild. Martensen’s five-year photographic collaboration with the seven Angulo siblings—the subjects of Crystal Moselle’s feature-length documentary film The Wolfpack—will be published in fall 2015 and designed by Dean Langley.
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