July 30, 2012
- QUEER KIDS
8.31.12 – 9.30.12
Opening Reception: Friday August, 31st, 6-8pm
Perpignan, France: July 18, 2012— Galerie de la Main de Fer is pleased to announce QUEER KIDS by M. Sharkey, a solo exhibition of works produced over the past six years documenting gay youth in the United States. QUEER KIDS will be on view August 31 – September 30, 2012 (coinciding with the Visa pour l’Image photo festival). An opening reception will be held on Friday, August 31 from 6 – 8pm.
Sharkey’s photographs are intimate testaments to his subjects’ powerful self-awareness; at once empathetic and opulent, they are the visual counterpart to the voice these young people have struggled—and lately succeeded—to find. Rooted in the long tradition of portraiture reaching back through influences as varied as Velázquez and Avedon, Sharkey’s images grant his subjects a full measure of the dignity with which they deserve to be seen. “I think I’ll always be drawn to this amazingly brave group. Their strength is a continual source of inspiration for me” says Sharkey. “It is their defiance that I want to capture in the portraits. What I hope people might also see is the delight that is the domain of a new generation: the sheer joy of being able to stand up and be seen without shame.”
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- June 1, 2012
- It's been more than a year since I had my first meeting with ROOKIE creative director, Anaheed Alani to discuss this story on teenage gender and sexuality. Anaheed knew how powerful a piece this was going to be, she just needed to find the perfect time to run it.I shot it last month and the day has finally arrived... it's live: Me and You and Everyone We Know
- May 14, 2012
- March 9, 2012
Georgina Chapman at Marchesa
I had the unique pleasure of photographing the gorgeous Georgina Chapman (of Marchesa fame) recently and I can tell you she's as charming as she is beautiful. Don't miss the great behind-the-scenes video (at left) from the very talented, Peter Crosby. Also, check-out some sexy/silly/fun images for a new shoe line called Adorn. I, for one, ALWAYS bathe with my heels on.
- January 9, 2012
12 QuestionsAn excerpt from a recent interview with yours truly by the great blog-a-zine, 12 Questions:Q: With what fictional character do you most identify?A: One of my favorite movies of all time is “Harold & Maud” and I totally get Harold (played by Bud Court). In fact, his Jaguar E-Type-cum-hearse was the most coveted material thing I could imagine acquiring for many, many years.Click here to read full interview: 12 Questions
- October 20, 2011
Claire DanesWhen "My So Called Life" first aired I was utterly smitten... by edgy good girl, Angela; bad boy, Jordan; and the first openly gay teenager on a television series I had ever seen, Rickie. My friends and I gathered together every week to watch all 19 episodes and then talked endlessly about our predictions for the next installment. If Claire Danes had never acted again she would still have gone down in history as playing the great lead on one of my favorite shows of all time. Strangely, she still has yet to out-do her star making debut but her new series, "Homeland" has been getting lots of good press. Also, this image is barley touched... she really is this pretty. Some girls have all the luck!
- October 3, 2011
Siamo Seri, Siamo QUEERWe're Serious, We're Queer: La Repubblica
- September 7, 2011
NEW WORK + QK Goes GlobalHipsterland, a Brooklyn style story for French magazine, Be.New portraits from the front lines of the biennale in Venice for Tatler (Russia), WME's star literary agent, Rafaella De Angelis for Flair (Italy), and NYC's new Mad Men for NY Post's Page Six Magazine.
- June 26, 2011
TIME's LightBox features Queer Kids!Click here.
- June 17, 2011
Primavera Sound & The BiennaleJust returned from an incredible trip to Barcelona and Venice... here's a link to some photos.
- April 6, 2011
H. Jon BenjaminComedian H. Jon Benjamin, voice actor star of the animated hits, Archer and Bob's Burgers for the upcoming issue of Complex magazine.
- February 12, 2011
My latest story for S Magazine, Better Halves (top row, far right after the jump) is on the stands now.
- February 10, 2011
"Meet My Real Modern Family"
Andrew Solomon & his amazing family for the Feb. 7th issue of Newsweek magazine.
- February 7, 2011
Snooki + Johnny Weir
New portraits of Snooki & Johnny Weir in Portraits.
- September 10, 2010
Queer Kids on aCurator.com
The Queer Kids project was given a beautiful treatment in Julie Grahame's fantastic aCurator website & blog. While Julie continues her work with the Yousuf Karsh estate she has recently begun editing and publishing an impressive online magazine devoted to showcasing photography properly, i.e. BIG! Very honored to be in such fine company.
- September 1, 2010
Previous Site's Select News...
Keep your eyes peeled for the cover of the newly released single "Aeon" by Antony and The Johsons. Also, please check out new portraits of vogueing transgendered youths.
Continuing the Queer Kids project in California, Colorado and Wyoming. If you know any gay teens who might like to participate, please send them my way! Here is the Facebook project site: Queer Kids
On the stands last week, you can see my New York City Ballet portfolio online in New York Magazine
The new American Photography annual has launched. Check-out my submission: American Photography
All works © M. Sharkey 2013