Durban bred, Joburg based photographer Justin McGee makes anything but typical images.
His dad, renowned Durban photographer Patrick McGee, gave him his first camera at 15 which had belonged to his father before him. Justin began shooting predominantly black and white landscapes of graphics after which his main focus became brands & bands. Justin shoots anything – food, sets, cars – but what he is best at is people.
Learning a lot from assisting Cape Town photographers and portrait/fashion photographer and Dazed & Confused co-founder, Rankin, he has a similar gift for bringing out the interesting in his subjects making for unusual (in the best way) photographs.
He says, “I like shooting most bands or celeb portraits. Highlighting their image that everyone knows but then trying to show a more fun side.” As for his favourites, he says, “I suppose I like to shoot Eve Rakow (The Frown) and Smiso Zwane (okmalumkoolkat, Dirty Paraffin). They are always ready to put themselves on the line with me because they trust me.”
Justin took us through a selection of images, the first two and most recent featuring The Frown.
1/2. Eve Rakow. This was actually a shoot we did the other day for a Berlin magazine call Astronaut. We needed a few more images for the spread so we just met up with the crew and shot some improv shots in her bedroom and on Jan Smuts.
3/4. I was staying in a brothel called Cherry Lane and Chris Wagner (who is my son from a previous marriage) who runs Asseblief with his sister wanted to do a quick lookbook. They suggested we shoot at my brothel/house.
5. A t-shirt label and up & coming brand called Cult Collective from JHB.
6. A t-shirt label called Koobink by a friend, Craig Parsons. We used one of Durban’s infamous artists and characters, Pastel Heart. He loves to do everything he can to be a bit obscure and fabulous.
7. A Red Bull shoot for Red Bull Beat Battle.
8/9. I was in Durban for the holidays and my friends from Fruit and Veg wanted to do some new press images. They are a crazy bunch who I love partying with. We shot at a friend’s house in Belair to match their kinda white trash, but more rainbow trash, vibe.
10. These where part of a series of shoots I shot for Nike SA with Choco from Cream Kartel.
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