I am a contemporary art photographer, based in Los Angeles. I like to capture the moments that surround us and that we often overlook in the mundane of everyday living. I want the viewer to reach beyond the obvious, feel an emotion, or think about something in a new way. I’m drawn to people, singular scenes like a boy in a lingerie shop, a tree with sneakers hanging from it in the middle of nowhere at moonrise, or something about shapes, patterns, or colors. I prefer to shoot whatever catches my eye as I go out into the world, and I call these “found images.”
I love when someone thinks that an image is set up rather than captured or is made by some kind of photographic manipulation when actually it is what the camera saw. I’m delighted when people don’t know what they are looking at in a photo, but love it anyway.
Carl Shubs is a self-taught photographer. He began working with film during college, but switching to digital after his dream trip on safari in Africa in 2001 freed him to be more adventurous in following his inspirations.
His first exhibit was in 2011, as part of a group show at the Museum of Neon and Kinetic Art, in Los Angeles. That recognition encouraged him to deepen his commitment to photography and to begin showing his work.
In 2014 he was accepted into membership in the Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA), and he is also a member of the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP). Since that time, his work has been held in private collections and he has been in many exhibitions in southern California and elsewhere in the United States and Europe. Some of his acclaimed jurors have included Andi Campognone, Peter Frank, Herair & Lori Garboushian, Elizabeth Avedon, Greg Gorman, Jim Morphesis, Shana Nys Dambrot, and Richard Vogel.
He has won awards and honors and had his work published in such prestigious publications as the Photographer’s Forum hardcover book Best of Photography 2015, Lenscratch, and F-Stop Magazine. He is also proud to have curated a combination solo exhibit and group show that included seventeen amazing artists who work in a variety of media.
Honors & Publications
– F-Stop Magazine. December/January, “Street Photography” issue, Woman and Shadows Modeling and Wall With Blue Windows.
– Art Muzeo Magazine, March issue, Featured Artist, http://www.artmuzeomagazine.com.
– F-Stop Magazine. June/July, “Color” issue, Modeling and Red Hot Sunset.
– F-Stop Magazine, February/March, “Love” issue, Fishing on the Pier with his Dog
– Lenscratch, The 2016 Last Days of Summer Exhibition, Part 6 – Girl in Pink with White Ribbon in Her Hair, online at http://lenscratch.com/2016/09/the-2016-last-days-of-summer-exhibition-part-6/
– Life Framer, August, An Instant [month’s theme]: Editors’ Pick – Modeling, http://www.life-framer.com/an-instant-editors-picks/.
– F-Stop Magazine, October, “The Human Body” issue, guest editor Sarah Hadley, Self Portrait – 1.
– F-Stop Magazine, February, “Wonder-Full” issue, Looking Back at You.
– Digital display at the Louvre – July 13th, as part of the Documentary Collection, Ground Zero – Pussycat Lounge is Now Open.
– Photographer’s Forum magazine’s hardcover book, Best of Photography 2015
– F-Stop Magazine, February, “Black and White” issue, A Boy and His Thoughts.
– Winner, Honorable Mention ⇒ Gold Medal Exhibition (curated by Daggi Wallace); September 13 – October 4; sponsored by CAL (California Art League)
– Winner of the 2014 International Street Photography Contest, sponsored by YourDailyPhotograph.com, juried by Magnum Photographer and 2013 Guggenheim winner Bruce Gilden.
2015 – present
– CAL (California Art League, Exhibiting Member)
2014 – present
– Los Angeles Art Association