Jesse Chehak’s photographs are exceptional encounters with places and communities. His approach to environmental portraiture and landscape photography takes its contemporary departure from the established traditions of these genres, which Chehak developed with the guidance of the preeminent American photographers Joel Sternfeld at Sarah Lawrence College and with Frank Gohlke at the University of Arizona. Chehak applies his curiosity about the world and capacity to create visual entry points to extensive editorial commissions for publications including Dwell, Fortune, New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Nowness, Travel + Leisure, W, Wallpaper, Wire, and WSJ. Magazine. His advertising clients include Aetna, Dupont, Johnson & Johnson, Lexus, Nike, American Express, and T-Mobile. Jesse Chehak’s photographic practice is underpinned by collaborations with NGOs that he supports, and the development of his long-term independent projects. Chehak created a series of night photographs in collaboration with the Friends of the High Line shortly before the redevelopment of this New York landmark began. He is currently documenting the Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco, as part of the ongoing community activism calling for the regeneration of this area. Chehak’s Fool’s Gold project is soon to be published and is a long-form photographic inquiry regarding prospecting in the Western United States. In These Woods interweaves photography, video and sculptures by Chehak that address a dramatically changed landscape in the Colorado Rockies near Silverthorne. His is currently completing the series Blame the Sun that uses light as a material, creating camera generated abstractions as a way to explain the ephemeral nature of the photographic medium.
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