As a photographer whose practice spans editorial portraits, high-fashion images, record covers, street photography, and interactive installation, Jason Evans is deeply aware of the aims and conventions of the images we encounter everyday. His most recent work, Pictures for looking at and Sculpture for Photography, place two-dimensional and three-dimensional works in colourful conversation, combining vivid still life photographs with photogenic objects arranged on custom pedestals for visitors to photograph. Since 2004, he has maintained the popular website The Daily Nice, where he posts one image per day “that has made [him] happy.” Challenging the distinctions between commercial photography, the casual snapshot, and street photography, Jason’s work seeks to transform his viewers’ perspectives – as well as his own – through his playful, exuberant, and dynamic images.
Pictures for Looking At
Currently shown alongside sculptural works titled Sculpture for Photography, these works "propose visual pleasure," according to Jason, who invites visitors to take their own photographs of the installation and share them online at www.photographyforsculpture.com.
The Daily Nice
The images in this series were all first displayed on Jason Evans' website The Daily Nice, where he has posted a single image per day since 2004, with no archive. "The Daily Nice is about my enthusiasm for looking and being," writes Jason on the site. "Every day I show a photograph of something that made me happy."
A series Jason worked on for seven years between 2005 and 2012, NewYorkLondonParisTokyo depicts the streetscapes of some of the world’s busiest and most visually mediated cities. Shooting on film, Jason rewinds and re-shoots each roll, creating striking double exposures that remain a surprise even to himself until they are developed.
First published in i-D magazine in 1991, Strictly was Jason’s first fashion shoot, and the works made such a lasting impact that the Tate acquired them in 2001. Using the format of fashion photography to explore complex political issues, Strictly challenges racial and sexual stereotypes, and blurs the boundary lines between commercial photography and fine art.
The Grange Prize 2012 Exhibition
A selection of Jason Evans' work is on view until January 6, 2013, as part of The Grange Prize 2012 Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada.
Jason Evans was born in Holyhead, Wales, on June 5, 1968. That makes him a Welsh Gemini, but does not account for his interest in psychedelic music. He is a multi-disciplinary photographer whose main output has been through the fashion and music media, and his preferred mode of transport has been the bicycle. He is also responsible for The Daily Nice, a photoblog that presents one image per day, with no archive.