Toronto-born, New York-based photographer Matin Zad has gained significant traction since earning an MPS in fashion photography from the School of Visual Arts in 2013. Deeply inspired by cinema, Zad’s dreamy and precisely staged pictures exist somewhere between fashion, film, and fine art. Zad thus has proven to be a promising young star in both the art and fashion worlds. As a new graduate, Zad won Bottega Veneta’s 2013 New Exposure Photography Competition; he has been commissioned by Carven, Diesel, and Levi’s Made &
Crafted, and has worked collaboratively with design duo gg-ll. ! Of his hybrid arts-fashion position, Zad has explained, “My favorite artists have always been ones that blur the distinction
between the two, so I don’t feel comfortable being categorized as either one. I don’t see where one ends and another begins when I’m creating images… I’ve always been interested in fashion, but seeing the industry up close has greatly influenced the way I interpret clothing in my work. But above all, I just want to create imagery that speaks of human behavior in an honest way, and that can lend itself to any style.”
You can also follow Matin’s work on his Tumblr.