[H]ere at Hunger we meet a lot of photographers, and none have got us quite as excited recently as Nadia Lee Cohen, the LCF graduate who counts Martin Parr and Cindy Sherman among her inspirations. And while Nadia and her hyper real imagery may be the current crush of the fashion world, it was never fashion that inspired her to be a photographer originally.
“I think the only reason my work has a ‘fashion’ element is because I studied at LCF for five years, so fashion is bound to creep into it somehow. I like the narrative element that comes with fashion editorials; but truthfully I never look to fashion magazines for inspiration, I’ve always taken a lot more from a scene in a film than anything I’ve ever seen in a magazine.”
Surreal, colourful and just a bit disconcerting Nadia’s shots come across more like snapshots from a film than carefully curated photographs, and this is just how she likes it. “I could talk about this for ages”, she says, “but the most notable inspirations come from stuff like Buffalo 66, 60s B movies, Lynch, Harmony Korine, Larry Clark, Korean Horror, John Waters, Tarantino…there are so many.”