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Photographer Jeremy Kost is known for producing work focused on themes of gender, sexuality, and nightlife. For his latest monograph Fractured, published by Damiani, Kost continues to push the boundaries of identity through captivating and surreal Polaroid images depicting stereotypically beautiful men.
After moving to New York City in the early 2000s, Kost became interested in documenting club culture and the vast array of individuals associated with it. Unlike the candid nature of Kost’s early documentations, the work in Fractured is intentionally created to examine our notions of fantasy. Done in collaboration with former Calvin Klein Creative Director Sam Shahid, Kost’s layered, multiple-exposure Polaroids of desirable men in natural and urban environments create dreamy, sun-soaked narratives.
Andy Warhol is an influential figure in Kost’s artistic style and choice of subject matter. Kost takes one of Warhol’s favorite tools, the Polaroid camera, and creates his own distinct style through multilayered photo-collages. The layered photograph technique developed from a happy accident when a camera malfunction subjected some of his images to multiple exposures. This multi-exposure element is an integral aesthetic choice in his latest body of work for it creates the “fractured” effect of dreams, taking the viewer to a place of fascination and fantasy.