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Stark, Provocative Portraits by Jared S. Rosenbaum

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Our featured artist today is fashion and model photographer Jared S. Rosenbaum. Located in Toronto, Jared specializes in stark, provocative portraits of models in a variety of environments ranging from the bizarre to the mundane.  


Jared’s models often seem somehow removed from their context. He often shoots with his subject looking directly into the camera, creating the feeling that the subject of the photo is completely focused on the viewer. Jared’s harsh lighting and shadowed backgrounds add to the candid aesthetic of his photographs.


The front page of Jared S. Rosenbaum's photography websiteJared's website front page

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Jared’s series of photos from India also have a candid feel, showcasing daylight scenes of crowded streets, business and architecture. The works are simply framed and allow the viewer to focus in on real-life details like the colour and texture of a painted wall or a piece of fabric. Jared’s personal photography as well as examples of his promotional work for American Apparel can be viewed at


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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