Whether mobile phones or silver instruments that look like horror film props, objects through New York-based photographer Matthew Huber's lens pop off the page in sharp, vivid detail. His work's clean, direct visual language has earned him commercial clients like Out, Nylon, GMC, Real Simple, and Metropolitan Home, but Huber's personal workâtotally unique images rife with irony and metaphorâare where his style comes to life. Though some pieces, like flattened musical instruments (bought on ebay, flattened at a friend's sheet metal factory) and a goldfish submerged in a champagne glass do get some digital manipulation, Huber says most of his work happens on film and that, as much as he pre-visualizes images, he leaves room for error during a shoot. His martini glass series, for example, involved an elaborate set up with a bungee cord-rigged piece of plexiglass that triggered a strobe flash, requiring a completely dark room. The upshot ranges from the ordered chaos of liquid that appears to float above glasses to shattered stems resulting from the tricky shootâHuber broke 11 glasses in all. Like the glassware series, much of Huber's portfolio includes work that either makes the mundane fantastic or the other way around. For the recent never before shown series that takes sex toys as its subject (after the jump), Huber applied his near-clinical image-making process to taboo items that are usually secreted away. Similarly, an ongoing collaborative project that the photographer has been working on since 2001 with his girlfriend, Patricia Korth-Mcdonnell, a writer, is a survey of everyday women's breasts with accompanying anecdotal interviews. Moving fluidly between the commercial and the art worlds, Huber's considerable skill as a photographer is evident in his ability to communicate visually with precisionâas well as in the stunning effects created with lighting, composition, sheet metal presses, bungee cords, etc.
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