Jesse Untracht-Oakner's night and day.


“The decisive moment,” what Henri Cartier-Bresson called that nano second when the event captured on film expresses the perfect alignment of form, image and significance—that’s what Jesse Untracht-Oakner strives for with his photographs. “I wait for the picture to appear, rather than force it to happen.”

Jesse pays close attention to light—both natural and augmented—in his photos. It is the interaction between light and color that creates the decisive moments.

Shooting editorial, portraits and fashion, his images are multi-layered snapshots for the visually intelligent. Jesse’s photographs demand the observers to bring something of themselves to the voyeurism of their viewing.

Untracht-Oakner’s portraits of people both ordinary and extraordinary look back at the viewer. Who’s looking at whom? An observer of humanity—he is both a participant and a spectator waiting for an accident to happen. He is the Heisenberg of photography. Something happened before and will happen after the shutter is snapped. The narrative continues.

To see more of his work, visit his website.