05 06 14 vsco reportage

Artist Initiative: Now A One Million Dollar Fund

In March of this year, we proudly launched the VSCO Artist Initiative. We strive to honor art and artists in all that we do, and the VSCO Artist Initiative is our effort to allow artists to pursue their creative vision through discovery, funding, mentorship, and promotional partnership with VSCO. We encourage all artists, established and emerging alike, to submit proposals for original, compelling projects, with the ambition of receiving funding from our scholarship fund.

We are excited to share that our scholarship fund has grown from an initial sum of $100,000 to $1,000,000. Our new partners at Accel share our dedication to the creative community, and they have generously donated $500,000 to the cause.

With great pleasure, we are honored to share our current outstanding roster of Artist Initiative recipients.

 

  

Nour El Refai / Photography / nourelrefai.vsco.co

As a working architectural photographer in Egypt, Nour also has a passion for documenting the communities he visits during his extensive traveling. Through his striking portraits and snapshots of daily life, viewers are brought face to face with cultures potentially a world apart from their own.

Image by Nour El Refai

Image by Nour El Refai

 

Chris Ritson / Mixed Media / chrisritson.vsco.co

Chris calls the mountains above Honolulu home. Working in a studio space surrounded by the beauty of island life, Chris creates mesmerizing crystal work that attracts the eye but also blurs the boundary of the organic and man-made.

Image by Chris Ritson

Image by Chris Ritson

 

Josh Wool / Photography / joshwool.vsco.co

A former chef who resides in New York City, Josh has established himself as a standout creative in the photography community. With an honest approach to documenting his subjects, Josh captures intimate, up-close moments. His portraiture puts the viewer right in the room with his subject and conjures a desire to understand their story.

Image by Josh Wool

Image by Josh Wool

 

Erik Otto / Multi-Disiplinary / erikottostudios.vsco.co

Hailing from the San Francisco Bay area, Erik’s work pushes boundaries, incorporating intriguing forms and implementing various mediums. Colorful and conceptual, his pieces can be found in both city streets and established galleries. Erik’s use of reclaimed materials, coupled with his imaginative point of view, results in memorable, arresting art.

Image by Erik Otto

Image by Erik Otto

 

Kevin Russ / Photography / kevinruss.vsco.co

Traversing the United States in his car, Kevin Russ is as much a modern day explorer as a photographer. Kevin captures quiet, nostalgic moments of life on the road, wildlife and rural environments.

Image by Kevin Russ

Image by Kevin Russ

 

Street Etiquette / Video / streetetiquette.vsco.co

Street Etiquette is a notable, trend-setting company rooted in fashionable menswear. Based in New York City, Street Etiquette exhibits a cultivated street style, while managing to still convey a down to earth perspective on fashion.

 

Lauren Marek / Photography / laurenmarek.vsco.co

Lauren Marek’s work has an organic sensibility that never feels forced, and her documentation of everyday instances provide a much needed voice within modern photography. With a honest and decisive eye, Marek documents her surroundings in her small but spirited hometown of Bellville, Texas.

Image by Lauren Marek

Image by Lauren Marek

 

Chris & Jon Schoonover / Photography / cschoonover.vsco.co & jonschoonover.vsco.co

Brothers and partners in crime, Chris and Jon Schoonover’s aesthetic is bold and colorful, oftentimes bordering on the bizarre. Based out of the New York area, Chris and Jon’s images convey a sense of artistry and wonder.

 

Leon Yan / Mixed Media / leon.vsco.co

Heralding from Shanghai, China, Leon Yan is a multi-talented artist who writes, directs, and edits films. Yan’s work is cinematic in nature, and each scene he captures seems to carry a story or reflection within.

Image by Leon Yan

Image by Leon Yan

 

Nirav Patel / Video and Photography / niravpatel.vsco.co

Nirav’s photographs reveal a man who captures the feelings that exist in joyous and quiet moments alike. Nirav’s subject matter is diverse, yet his photographic style maintains a clear, cohesive point of view by utilizing strong lines and lighting.

Image by Nirav Patel

Image by Nirav Patel

 

Kimber Leane Kirton / Photography / kimberleane.vsco.co

Reigning from sunny Florida, USA, Kimber’s photographs are playful and clever. Capturing friends, family and her adventures, Kimber’s images show her zest for life and an appreciation for life’s joyful moments.

 

Leo Martínez / Photography / quieroserverde.vsco.co

Based in Chihuahua, Mexico, Leo has been able to capture true street photography through the documentation of the city he knows best. His images are striking and emotional, and with a keen eye, he plays with light and shadow to create crisp images of the people he meets on the city’s streets.

Image by Leo Martínez

Image by Leo Martínez