Lorenzo Holder


Brooklyn, New York 

How did you get your start in photography?

Fresh out of college, I pursued modeling while simultaneously working in retail. In 2013, I worked with photographer, Cavier Coleman, who initially piqued my interest in photography. I was inspired to see a young man discard societal standards of working a 9-5 and utilize his true talents to finance his life. I began shooting and developing my style, building relationships with modeling agencies and decided to abruptly quit my job in retail to devote my life to photography. Literally, I walked out the store during my shift and never turned back. Ultimately, I started to look at the world differently and began to find fulfillment from recording the world through my newfound perspective.


How would you describe your photography style?

My work focuses on the nuance of emotion, and the movement of life. I have an irrefutable passion for photographing the inaccessible, contradictory, and unique people and happenings around the world. My goal is to heuristically teach others to explore the world through their own lens.


What is your personal process to capture a great photo?

I survey the premises. I surrender myself to the situation. I get close-Even dirty if I have to. I feel that it is vital to be present. Given the elements in my environment, I try to encapsulate the essence of a moment.


What particular technology or software do you use to help with your photographic process?

I use a Canon 5D Mark 2 and Adobe Photoshop.


How have other photographers influenced you the most? How have their influenced shaped your craft?

Famous photojournalists like Steve McCurry and James Nachtwey are a few of my influences. I'm fascinated by how they were able to create art under pressure and ultimately create imagery that is transformative and impressionable through time. And famous fashion photographers: Richard Avedon and Herb Ritts. Their work showed and gave me an appreciation for capturing the dynamics of movement and emotion of the human body and how those images also stick with us.


What are some of the challenges you have faced as a photographer?

A major challenge is pushing myself to continue learning. It can be easy to become stagnant in shooting in the same style and shooting the same type of photography. Now that I have done more photojournalism and ventured in the world of corporate photography, and I see the advantages of refining my craft and expanding my repertoire.


What's next for Lorenzo?

I look forward to traveling more and showing my work in exhibitions.


What quote or phrase do you live your life by?

"Don’t try. Do what you can."

For more information on this artist, please visit www.lorenzoholder.com and follow on social media at @loloholder


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