Mr. Toledano is a photographer of, in his, own words, of “slightly odd things.” Phillip has shot a wide variety of topics from the desolation of the Arctic Circle to devilish video game enthusiasts to a surreal yet thoroughly modern exploration of the American subconscious in his series, Hope and Fear.
His work has been exhibited in New York, Europe, and Asia, and has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Interview, Vanity Fair, Le Monde, The London Times, Details, GQ and Esquire.
This post showcases his “Hope and Fear” gallery.
“Hope and Fear is the external manifestation of the internal desires and paranoia that are adrift in America”
Hope And Fear
The American Gift Shop
“America the Gift Shop, is an installation project that reflects the foreign policy of Bush/Cheney, in the fun-house mirror of American Commerce” – Phillip Toledano.
Phone Sex – The Book
“These photographs of phone sex operators were taken in their homes, often in the rooms were they worked. They opened their doors to strangers, and wrote about their experiences” – Phillip Toledano.
Days with my Father
This is an emotional and personal online photographic journal documenting the relationship between Phillip Toledano and his Father, who has no short term memory, just after Phillips mother dies.
“At the beginning of 2001, I began taking pictures of recently abandoned offices, and the things people had left behind. This project was more than photography for me. It was economic archeology” – Phillip Toledano.
“I wanted to take portraits of hidden people that would reveal a hidden part of their character. So I had them play video games” – Phillip Toledano.
“There is something satysfing in synchronising the external world with the one within you” – Phillip Toledano.
“There is nothing more beautiful than absence” – Phillip Toledano.