‘Faculty Department’ is a beautiful personal photography project and visual journey by the talented Justin Chung, focussing on the lives, spaces and stories of talented and noteworthy individuals worldwide. Chung’s interest in photographing creative people came alive when he moved to New York City to pursue a career in commercial fashion photography and portraiture in 2011. Chung found that while he was inspired by the work these creatives were producing, what he felt most connected to was their process: how the smallest intricacies in their daily lives contributed to making them the most effective, most happy, and most real. It is these intimate details Chung hopes to capture in the pages of ‘Faculty Department’.
The first volume of ‘Faculty Department’ will take the form of a hardcover limited-run book; a thoughtful and carefully crafted specimen to tell the stories and insights of each noteworthy individual’s life. And although the genre in which Justin works is expanding rapidly, the photographer curated an excellent list of individuals which are featured resulting in a worthy addition within the field. Some of the inspiring names one finds in ‘Faculty Department’ are Angus McIntosh of Ennis McIntosh, illustrator Richard Haines, the dapper Sam Lambert of Art Comes First, Lauren Snyder of Primary Essentials, the barista Thomas Lehoux of the famous Ten Belles and Truck Furniture’s Tokuhiko Kise, among others.
Justin Chung is an American photographer based in New York. Originally from San Francisco, CA, Justin began pursuing a career in photography while finishing his graduate studies in public health. Selftaught, Justin’s approach to his photography is to keep things as natural and honest as possible, focusing on capturing a moment.
Aside from his commercial assignments, Justin began documenting creative people as a personal fulfillment. Through his fashion work, he has met talented creatives, from stylists to painters, and over time began to know each of them. As he got a glimpse into their personal life, he ended up becoming intrigued by the worlds they had created for themselves, and the processes they utilized to be most effective at their crafts. Justin found these studio visits and photo essays to be a perfect escape from his commercial work. Further, it put him in the position of storyteller and pushed him creatively, which gave him a different type of freedom with regards to his photography.
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