Assignment work enables photographers to sustain their careers, but the busier they get, the harder it is to find the time to make personal work. New York-based photographer Justin Chung figured out a way to do both. For the last three years, Chung, a fashion photographer, documented many of his clients for his book project, Faculty Department. Interested in learning more about the talented folks he works with, he spent time getting to know them and photographed them in their workspaces. A statement about the project says that while Chung “was inspired by the work these creatives were producing, what he felt most connected to was their process—how the smallest intricacies in their daily lives contributed to making them the most effective, most happy, and most real.”
Among the tastemakers included in the book are Japanese furniture designer Tokuhiko Kise of Truck Furniture (slide 2), Ted Harrington of Terrapin Stationers, menswear designers Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh of Art Comes First, and stylist-turned-clothing store owner Lauren Snyder of Primary Essentials.
Chung worked for three years on Faculty Department, which will be available as a self-published book in December 2014, printed by Iceland’s Oddi Printing.