“Charlie Engman started photographing his mother, Kathleen McCain Engman, in 2009. He was visiting his parents during a break from college. 'I was taking pictures of anything and everything around me and, naturally, that included my parents,' he told me over the phone. When he developed the film from the trip, he noticed something in the photographs of his mother: 'Sometimes people transform for the camera,' he said. 'I couldn't recognize the person in the picture.'” — Jesse Wender, The New Yorker
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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