For most people, street art and graffiti are faceless acts by elusive and mysterious people. Their work is seen by millions on the streets and on the Internet, but the artists rarely appear in front of the camera. Danish photographer Søren Solkær spent three years traveling the world, meeting with painters, sculptors, writers, and other artists to create dynamic portraits of them with their work. With a collection of over 140 portraits, Solkær has published a book titled SURFACE that may be the dopest yearbook you've ever seen.
Solkær's SURFACE project covers 13 cities, including Copenhagen, New York, London, Miami, Paris, Los Angeles, and Berlin. The book features a foreword by the photographer, followed by 240 pages of large portraits of legendary artists and noise-making newcomers. Blek Le Rat, ELLE, Mark Bode, Gaia, Miss Van, Swoon, Space Invader, Run, Borondo, Niels 'Shoe' Meulman, London Police, and others pose on rooftops, in alleyways and studios, and against other urban backdrops for very dynamic shots that are as interesting as the art they produce.
We spoke to D*Face, CYRCLE., and FAILE about working with Søren Solkær, and about the cool and unique SURFACE project (which is currently being shown in galleries around the world). Peep the photos below with captions from the artists, and head to Gingko Press to grab a copy of the book.