Evan Joseph is one of the preeminent Architectural photographers in New York City today. His clients include The W Hotels, The Ritz Carlton and Trump, his work has been published in major outlets including Architectural Digest, Elle Décor and The New York Times, and he has photographed the homes of countless celebrities including Sting, Lenny Kravitz, Rupert Murdoch and Julian Schnabel. A book of his night cityscapes called “New York City at Night” was published this year by Thunder Bay Press.
From a young age, Evan felt compelled to develop his skills to be as traditional as the old masters and as cutting edge as a NASA engineer. Although he has had a camera in hand since elementary school, Evan trained in paint and charcoal at Vassar and while studying formal realism at The Slade School of Art in London he sold portraits on the street in Covent Garden for five pounds a piece. Very early exploration into art made with a computer led him to get a Masters in Digital Media from NYU, and it was there he began to explore the combination of technology and photography that makes his work stand out today.
A self-proclaimed gadget head, Evan was tapped by Popular Photography magazine for their 2000 Digital Millennium Edition to herald the new age of Digital Art and to evaluate the earliest digital cameras on the market. It was during that testing process that Evan realized this new tool gave him a medium to combine his classical training and digital desires, finally allowing for the painstaking perfectionism for which he is known.
Digital camera in hand, Evan has been exploring the ever-changing cityscape of NYC for over a decade. Shadows and light are his palette and he can tell you the exact time in each season when the dusk light rises just right behind a specific building on a particular block. As the years went on, shooting the built environment became a specialty, and opportunities to take his camera even higher came his way. Penthouse balconies, roof hopping on skyscrapers, and shooting from cranes gave Evan access to the architecture around him from a point of view that only he could see. Eager to take his vision as high as he could go, Evan sought out aerobatic helicopter pilots who trained with him over many months to get high up above the city landmarks at impossible angles so that not even the tip top of the Chrysler Building would escape his lens. At night and from a bird’s eye view, the lights of the city outline a truly unique pattern that turns each square of the city into a canvas filled with radiating blocks of color and multicolored stars.
Capturing those lights and silhouettes is only half of what makes Evan’s pictures glow. Back in the darkroom, Evan’s proprietary digital processing techniques comb though every single pixel to output an image that reflects the exact vision of a master who has taken his study of light to new heights.