Top Five Fast Rising Photographers You Should Know

As a photographer living in this digital age in NYC, I feel so fortunate yet so afraid at the same time. Fortunate because I get to find oceans of inspirations with several clicks, afraid because I might squander such great opportunity of sourcing and what will the legends such as Annie Leibovitz, Robert Capa have created, if they were alive today. But most of the time, the fortunate feeling prevails as I get to see so much talent out there that inspires me to do more, beyond just a coffee table photography book’s lifeless motivation, I feel more alive and more driven when searching via Instagram and find great photographers rapidly on the rise, seeing their awesome creations.

Today, I hope to share with you five of my favorites for this year, and most will agree with me as the media globally have been recognizing them in the last year.

Sasha Samsonova

Sasha Samsonova is a Ukranian, Director, and Photographer based in Los Angeles, Sasha has gained exposure in her collaborations with Kylie Jenner for editorial campaigns and has since continued to

Further her collaborations and develop content with the Jenner sisters. Sasha’s body of work is vividly captivating and sexy; it difficult not to crave more of her visuals. She has also worked alongside a variety of brands and with familiar artists like, Teyana Taylor, Niia Rocco, Jordyn Woods, Harry Hudson, Kelly Rowland, Lil Yachty, Gallant, Sabrina Claudio, Jessica Alba, Normani, Tinashe, Hailey Baldwin, and Ciara. If Sasha is not on your list of artists you follow, unfortunately, you're missing out dearly.

Work Featured in: Complex, W Magazine, Teen Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and L’Officiel, Paper

Aris Jerome

Aris Jerome is also another photographer based in Los Angeles; his style of work focuses predominantly on portraiture. You can identify his work through clean, composed shots, a variety of colorful light fixtures, backdrops and natural lighting with raw emotions. He has done personalized shoots with talents such as Snoop Dogg, Asap Rocky, Kehlani, Keith Powers, Karreuche, Selena Gomez and Sami Miro to name a few. His local client list includes NIKE, Puma, Nordstrom, Atlantic Records, and several others.

Work Featured in: Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar. Allure, Arcadia and British Vogue Magazines.

Alessio Albi

Alessio Albio is a Photographer based in Italy. With Alessio’s exposure to fine arts, he preserved a natural approach in capturing his surroundings. Albi’s technique with natural lighting is fascinating with a complex framework. His central subject is women, and his visuals embody a dramatic cinematographic style, as the photographs he composes mimics a surreal essence of still shots that are visually stimulating.

Renell Medrano

Bronx Native and Parsons Graduate Renell Medrano is a photographer you must follow. Medrano’s work is beautifully raw and youthful, as she captures her subjects typically with her film camera with a retro stylistic approach. Her most recent project with Tiffany & Co features a series called UNTITLED YOUTH she curated and previously exhibited in New York City at Industria Studios. She has worked with musical artists like Solange Knowles, ASAP Ferg, Dua Lipa, Tyler the Creator, Justine Skye, Kelela, Willow Smith and shot models like Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski, Cara Delevingne, and Bella Hadid. As she works with creatives like her self, Renell’s photography also focuses on documenting her Bronx community.

Work Featured in: Tiffany & Co, L’Officiel, Oyster Magazine, Allure, GQ

Hannah Sider

If you haven’t had a side of Hannah, then what are you having? Hannah Sider, the photographer you will see continually photographing popular artists in the fashion and music industry, persistently. She often shoots in portraiture with the film; her signature style is particularly captured through snapshots at different angles, that gives an edgy and retro vibe — attracting the likes of A$AP Rocky, Joey Badass, Soulja Boy, J Balvin, Billie Eilish, Roy Woods, and emerging sound clouds artists. She has shot content with prominent brands likes, Puma, MCM, and Converse and has yet to continue merging her creativity within the fashion and music fields.

By Ashante Charles
AshantE Charles is a Visual Creative and Photographer based in New York City.

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