Having made his name through intimate portraits of the London skate scene, Wolverhampton-born photographer Ian Kenneth Bird was soon picked up by fashion behemoths McQ and Dior Homme – shooting the campaign for Kris Van Assche‘s SS17 Black Carpet collection – eager to tap his intimate portraiture of adolescence.
Bird’s latest project sees him complete his third photo book, Untitled Portraits – following previous titles Don’t Know What I Want But I Want It Now and Archie. Taking a considered approach to casting, this new black and white photo series sees Bird photograph sixteen male subjects in a studio setting; developing on previous projects by bringing these faces “into a slightly more formal environment.”
“It’s a series of studio based portraits with a focus on casting and hair,” Bird tells us. “[I worked] closely with men’s hairstylist and groomer Michael Harding and Bruce Usher designing the publication and posters. I wanted to build on previous personal projects and cast and shoot people I found interesting but in a more considered way, this can almost be seen as an extension of my first publication Don’t Know What I Want But I Want It Now.”