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ED TEMPLETON (Garden Grove, LA, 1972)
Arto and Karolina, 2011 (from Teenage Kissers)
When teenagers fall in love, there is no limit to the amount of kisses they can give.
For 16 years, skateboarder and artist Ed Templeton found himself naturally drawn to these very private moments taking place in a public place. From a voyeuristic perspective, he photographed young lovers consumed by each other and completely oblivious to the surrounding public. After examining his archive, Templeton found that his interest could be translated into a comprehensive collection of work. The extensive photo project and book, titled Teenage Kissers, documents these public performances in a mix of black-and-white and color images. In each photograph, Templeton captured the youthful passion and shameless displays of affection of sometimes self-conscious and sometimes oblivious subjects.
Templeton began his career as a professional skateboarder, from which his photography draws inspiration, drawing on the subculture he is a part of and his suburban roots.
It all began in the early 1990s when he ventured into the world of photography, documenting friends, his surroundings, and life at the time. From his passion grew a full-fledged profession; Ed thus became a vanguardist in the world of street photography and social documentary. He has produced a large and distinct body of work; his last body of work, Wires Crossed, is an expression of his work: part memoir part documentation of the skateboard punk subculture that emerged in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The exhibition was presented at Bonnefanten Museum in Amsterdam and the book, released by Aperture, sold out very quickly.
Templeton is a photographer and artist who realises drawings, and mixed-media installations. He has released many zines and books with different publishers, also in collaboration with his wife Deanna Templeton. He runs the skate company Toy Machine