Austin Young

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Austin Young
Austin Young, portrait.jpg
Austin Young 2014 portrait
Born (1966-04-12) April 12, 1966 (age 52)
Reno, Nevada
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Occupationfine art photography
Video artist
Installation artist
New media arts

Austin Young (born April 12, 1966) is an American photographer, film maker and new media artist currently based in Los Angeles. His work has created an encyclopedic documentation of sub and trans culture in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Young's photographs have been featured in major publications such as Interview, OK, and Flaunt and have been shown in solo exhibitions and projects at LACMA (Los Angeles, CA), Machine Project (Los Angeles, CA), Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, CA), Berkeley Art Museum (Berkeley, California); as well as groups shows at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Los Angeles, CA) and Stephen Cohen Gallery (Los Angeles, CA). In addition to photography and filmmaking, Young is co-founder of Fallen Fruit, an art collective that uses fruit as a common denominator for public engagement and collaboration.[1][2]


Since 1985, Young has been documenting pop, sub, and trans culture while playing with the themes of camp (style), celebrity, gender and identity through portrait photography and film. His portraiture subjects include Sutan Amrull, Jackie Beat, Leigh Bowery, Dame Edna, Peaches Christ, and Jeffree Star. His celebrity portrait subjects include Oliver Stone, Sandra Bernhard, Simon Cowell, Cassandra Peterson, Margaret Cho, Perez Hilton, Ryan Cassata and Amy Poehler. He has directed videos for Jeffree Star, Jackie Beat's band Dirty Sanchez (band), and shot musicians like Siouxsie Sioux, Deborah Harry, Jane Wiedlin, Diamanda Galas, Jessicka, and Semi Precious Weapons.[3][4][5]

Young is one of the creators of the open-source Tranimal Workshop events, launched in 2009 at Machine Project in Los Angeles. The concept of the Tranimal Workshop was a collaboration among Young, Squeaky Blonde and Fade-Dra, with the participation of Mathu Andersen, Jer Ber Jones, Andrew Marlin, and others. The events have taken place in museums across California, including the Berkeley Art Museum and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

Young’s solo art exhibit “YOUR FACE HERE” took place on January 29, 2011 at Pop tART Gallery. Young established his art studio for a five-week residency at Pop tART Gallery in Los Angeles. [6][7]

Features and shorts[edit]

Young's short videos have been featured on television and online, gaining over 12 million hits on streaming video sites such as YouTube.

His film projects include:

Year Title Type Notes
Hadda Brooks: Queen of the Boogie Feature Film Co-director with Barry Pett
TBD, The Musical' Feature Film, Musical Creator, Director
The Worm Concept by Austin Young
Queen Please with Margaret Cho, Vaginal Davis and Jackie Beat
Fish Power' Short with Margaret Cho and Selene Luna and Johnny Smith
The Stroke Co-directed with Barry Pett, Princess Kennedy
Portrait of the Infamous Boom Boom Director
Portrait of Selene Luna Director


  1. ^ "Fallen Fruit". Fallen Fruit. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  2. ^ Brown, Patricia Leigh (11 May 2013). "Tasty, and Subversive, Too". New York Times. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  3. ^ Wolfson, Julie (30 April 2009). "Lenora Claire on her 'Bettie Page: Heaven Bound' Art Sho". Archived from the original on 30 September 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  4. ^ Young, Austin. "Portraits". Austin Young. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  5. ^ Mac, Amos (3 January 2011). "Need to Know: Austin Young". Out Magazine. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  6. ^ Yury, Carrie (23 April 2011). "Austin Young's 'Your Face Here': An Artist's Encounter With Vanity, Celebrity, & Nudity". Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  7. ^ Laden, Tanja M. (29 January 2011). "Your Face Here: Portraits by Austin Young". Flavorpill. Archived from the original on 4 October 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2015.

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