SAY HELLO TO OUR THREE NEW GIANTS
Part of the new vanguard of image-makers, MYLES LOFTIN is an artist, storyteller, and creative collaborator based in Brooklyn but very much on the world’s radar. Brands like Coach, Balmain, Calvin Klein, Converse, GCDS, Nike, and Under Armour commission him for ad campaigns, and publications like Vogue, Vanity Fair, Paper, Garage, i-D, and The Fader turn to him for editorials that resonate with discerning audiences.
A budding tastemaker, Myles was featured in the campaign “Polaroid Originals and Ryan McGinley Present the New Originals,” and he co-curated a panel for Parsons School of Design’s “Nth Degree Series” celebrating “thinkers, visionaries, and creators who define the cutting edge.” In 2019, at the age of 21, he was invited to speak at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The following year, Forbes named him one of 2020’s “30 Under 30” in the category of “Art and Style.” And this is just the beginning.
GRACE RIVERA is a RISD grad with an agency background—her first job out of college was at Wieden + Kennedy in Portland—and a visual style that is bold, graphic, and inclusive. Her subjects radiate personality and a relaxed, nothing-to-prove confidence, qualities that lend an honesty to her ad campaigns (for clients like SoulCycle, Adidas, Allbirds, Procter & Gamble, Girlfriend Collective, and Airbnb) and an immediacy to her editorial commissions (The New York Times, Teen Vogue, Vogue Mexico, and The Hollywood Reporter, among others).
Based in Brooklyn, where she has a fully equipped photo studio, Rivera is developing her ongoing series on womanhood, from sisterhood and heartbreak to self-love. “I want to make images that contradict everything that girls have been told about how they’re supposed to behave,” she says.
“Super bright, colorful, and cheeky”—that’s how JESSICA PETTWAY describes her work. But there’s much more to her imagery than an electric-feeling bounty of delight for the eye. Jessica plays with color, shapes, and texture in highly gratifying ways, composing vibrant still lifes that burst with emotion and a sense of occasion, even when they’re promoting something as everyday as a bowl of soup.
Jessica made her name dreaming up splashy photo stories for VICE on everything from wild Thanksgiving nail-art designs to an ironic imagining of popular scent names from consumer products (see what she came up with “Country Apple” and “Sea Breeze”). She has since gone on to shoot covers for The New York Times Magazine and Wired and counts Apple, Uber, Toyota, Instagram, Unilever, and Refinery29 among her clients. What will Jessica come up with next? We can’t wait to see.