August Udoh’s celebrity portraits are wide and varied. From musicians, to actresses, to performers, to comedians, he’s captured them all. His subjects might be different, but there is one thing they all have in common: simplicity.
A simplicity that transcends the page and gives a hint to the soul of the subject; a simplicity that we’re not used to seeing with these celebrities, a simplicity we’ve never been privy to, as they’ve always seemed larger than life, always in motion, different from the rest of us.
It’s a call to ignore everything that would otherwise have been going on in the background, and instead focus on the subject.
There’s a stillness and candidness in the photographs and barely whispered words, asking the viewer to take a step closer and get a deeper look, and to possibly lose ourselves in these people who might otherwise seem way beyond our reach, but right at that moment, are normal people, like the rest of us: simple, unassuming, and real.