Gus Powell was born in New York City in 1974 and attended Oberlin College where he majored in comparative religion. In 2003 he was selected to be in PDNs 30 under 30 issue and also published his first monograph, The Company of Strangers (J&L Books) that took its inspiration from Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems. Powell’s work has been exhibited internationally, including solo shows at The Museum of The City of New York and at Spartanburg Art Museum in South Carolina, and group exhibitions at The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and FOAM, NL.
His photographs have been published in Aperture, Harpers, Vogue, M le mag – Le Monde, Wired, Fortune and W, and he has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker magazine for a decade. He is a member of the street photographers’ collective In-Public and is faculty in the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department at the School of Visual Arts, NY. His work is included in the books Bystander: A World History of Street Photography and Street Photography Now. He has published two more monographs, both very successful: The Lonely Ones, inspired by the late, great cartoonist William Steig and his classic 1942 book, was released by J&L Books in 2015 – a second, trilingual edition came 2017 by Lazy Dog Press. More recently, Family Car Trouble (TBW Books, 2019) has been nominated as Best Book of the Year by various authors and critics like Alec Soth, Christian Patterson and Jeffrey Ladd.
Exhibitions in collaboration with Micamera
The Lonely Ones
9 December 2016 – 5 February, 2017
Mutty (Castiglione delle Stiviere, MN)
The Lonely Ones
31 March – 30 April, 2016
Based on a true story
2 – 3 April, 2016