P.V. is an 25 year photographer born and raised in Brooklyn New York who is quickly establishing himself as a unique NY personality by utilizing instant film to capture Polaroids of some of your favorite hip-hop artists like Jay Z, Pharrell and Alicia Keys. His authentically captured candid photographs are further decorated with impromptu scribblings by the artists themselves that adds a degree of honesty and character to his images. Phil's instant film work is filled with a robust amount of personality, style and energy that captures the energy of strangers and celebrties alike.
P.V.'s teenage years were influenced by the Brooklyn Neighborhood he grew up in, P.V. has been creating art work in various capacities since he can remember. His earliest creative outlet was creating graphics via Photoshop for t-shirts for friends and himself to wear on and off the basketball court. As his artist skills progressed Phil took additional influence from the internet, spending time on forums and discussion boards where he would communicate with his peers from around the world.
The combination of his real-life and internet connections has resulted in P.V.'s existence becoming a real life movie: constantly filled with a stream of animated characters. With this in mind, he originally planned to pursue film direction to capture his surroundings and tell their stories. However, as time went on Phil realized it would be extremely difficult to fund and accomplish this vision and settled with buying his first digital camera to capture the world around him in 2011. After a years of solid shooting, Phil realized that digital photography wasn’t fulfilling and he went searching for a film camera & ended up with a Polaroid 600.
Fast forward to 2016 and P.V.'s work has now been exhibited on more than 10 occasions and he has been hired to work on campaigns or events surrounding his unique approach Polaroid photography. His first exhibition took place at the Impossible Project Space in Soho, New York City in July of 2013. His most recent exhibition took place at The Storefront Project Gallery in New York City in February of 2017 alongside and in partnership with fellow photographer Justin Aversano. The exhibition, titled “Equipoise”, displayed the various ways in which Polaroid photography can be used. This exhibition was also in partnership with PolaroidsOfPeople, an organization P.V. created to build a community of like minded Polaroid photographers and enthusiasts. When Phil is not managing PolaroidofPeople he works as a co-manager of a clothing brand, a social media manager, and a graphic designer. If this wasn't impressive enough, P.V.'s work has also received attention from Vibe, the Impossible Project Magazine, and Complex!
We recently had the pleasure of speaking with P.V.'s about his instant film work and his experiences shooting strangers, artists and musicians in New York City. After you read the interview, connect with P.V. on Instagram and on his website!