“When it comes to art, I'm primarily motivated by that fundamental excitement that occurs when a successful relationship is established between an object and an intention: the simple 'aha' feeling when you make a face out of the headlights and bumper of a car, for example— there's a strange sense of author-less coincidence and uncanny inevitability there that is nonetheless a product of some kind of decision-making. Collage interests me specifically because it involves a double-remove; I'm taking moments that have already been 'realized' and un-realizing, or re-realizing, them with my scissors and tape.” — Charlie Engman
Originally from Chicago, Charlie Engman (b. 1987) began working with photography while completing a degree in Japanese and Korean Studies at the University of Oxford. While involved professionally in theatre and dance, he took an interest in visual and sculptural movement and gesture and began using photography primarily as a documenting device. The photographer often creates conceptual images that confront the artifice of his working environments, and deliberately includes elements like paper backdrops, mirrored surfaces and foam blocks, which construct the temporal spaces in which his shoot takes place. Upon graduating from Oxford, Engman returned to the U.S. and began integrating his commercial, fashion, and art practices. His work has been exhibited in numerous venues and appears in the commercial and editorial pages of publications around the world.
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