Photographer Chadwick Tyler first came to prominence in the art world for his raw, emotive photographs of young women. In the recent years, the Florida raised photographer has also created a niche for himself in fashion with images featured in publications such as Dazed & Confused, Vogue Turkey and V Magazine to name a few. In this rapid fire Q&A, Tyler opens up to FGR with subjects ranging from the industry to his work and bad high school haircuts.
FGR:If you could photograph anyone, living or nonliving, who would it be?
Tyler: When I started shooting, I wanted to shoot 3 girls. The only one I have left on that list is Lily Cole.
What type of music do you listen to when you’re on set? Tyler: Somewhere between Merle Haggard, The Deftones and Blind Willie Johnson.
You are known for having more conceptual work. Who or what are your biggest inspirations? Tyler: Balm, Florida
I want my work to… Tyler: Yes
How do you think the internet has changed fashion? Tyler: More Immediate, Less Significant.
What advice would you give to aspiring photographers? Tyler: Quit, you probably will not succeed.
If I wasn’t a photographer, I would be… Tyler: Fishing.
When I was a teenager I was… Tyler: showcasing some really bad hair cuts.
Looking at your bio, you first started off shooting still life works rather than fashion photography, what attracted you to the fashion field? Tyler: It is a lot easier to learn how to take pictures of something that doesn’t talk back. Beautiful girls.
If you could photograph anyone, living or nonliving, who would it be? Tyler: When I started shooting, I wanted to shoot 3 girls. The only one I have left on that list is Lily Cole.
What was the last movie you watched and did you enjoy it? Tyler: Herb and Dorothy, Yes.
In a lot of your work, the models are nude. What makes the human body such an interesting subject for you? Tyler: I think my images can explain that more than I can.
It seems that you aren’t afraid of letting a model look “raw” in a shoot. It’s very different from the high gloss productions we normally see in magazines, what inspires you to capture your subject in that way? Tyler: I like things before
When you’re not shooting, what can we find you doing? Tyler: Sleeping
Lastly, can you tell us anything about your future projects? Tyler: I am very excited to be working with Damiani on my first book that is scheduled to release in the fall of 2012 and my second solo gallery show.