Location(s): Hollywood
Category: Exhibits

The photography of Samuel Gonzalez Jr. at Hollywood through March 27th.

Samuel Gonzalez Jr's "CATASTROPHE" series consists of 20 photographs created as elaborately staged, large-scale productions exploring the struggles of human nature, surrealism against period landscapes and its relationships to cinema in an artificially heightened cinematic experience. For our exclusive interview with the artist, click here.

 

Samuel Gonzalez Jr. is an award-winning Los Angeles based film director, photographer and Iraq War veteran born in the Bronx, NY and raised in Florida. He showed an interest in music and film at an early age spending most of his youth making short films with neighborhood friends wanting desperately to become a storyteller. After graduating high school, lost, unsure of his path and affected by September 11th, he decided to enlist in the US Army while the war overseas raged on. After completing basic combat training, he was quickly deployed to the Iraq War where he saw combat and endured the loss of his best friend on a nighttime ambush attack on the streets of Baqubah, Iraq earning him an Army Commendation Medal with Valor. The experience triggered his fascination with photography and film, and he spent the next 9 months documenting his day to day with cameras sent from back home. Since his return to the states, Gonzalez has excelled in his career, writing and directing over 10 short films and several music videos including "Two Way Street" by Kimbra for Warner Bros Records and winning Los Angeles Filmmaker of the Year for Indie Arts Natural Born Artists. Gonzalez is currently studying at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA and penning his first feature film about his Iraq War days titled "Madison Avenue". His major influences include Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma, and Alfred Hitchcock amongst others.