There’s a certain rawness to photographer Carey Haider’s photos, a caught-off-guard quality that captures a defiant, even brazenly seductive confidence in his models. Surely, it’s a difficult mood for an artist to render, but Haider, an Oregon native, pulls it off with bad boy swagger, and never fails to give his subjects — as well as the clothes — a distinct “of-the-moment” appeal.
Though his images are often edgy (or, at the very least, half-naked) Haider is hardly a shock artist. Rather, he’s a bit of a punk rock patriot, describing his aesthetic to us as “grotesque and perverse Americana.” Haider elaborated by saying that he is an artist “in love with taxidermy, old chopper Harleys, road trips, rock n’ roll … The style of photography I do reflects the life I live.”
And what a life it must be: Haider appears to be plugged into that elusive culture of youth and unkempt style that was embodied by Kate Moss in the ’90s and perfected by Lou Doillon today. Appropriately, Haider’s creative process is reminiscent of fellow bad boy artists like Hunter S. Thompson and Terry Richardson: “Whatever happens on each set usually depends on who is involved and where we are,” Haider told us. “Usually whiskey, stopping at casinos, and motorcycle rides get intertwined into the mix. I like to keep it fun.”
-Catherine Blair Pfander for NBC
Carey Quinton Haider; born March 20th 1984 in Portland, Oregon was first discovered in the revival pop art movement coming out of the northwestern USA early in this millenium. After years of creating mixed media art along with showing in galleries all over the world (Itami City | Ogino Itami, Japan, HogeDRUKgebiend Center for Graphic Arts | The Netherlands, Thinkspace | Los Angeles, CA, Sequential Art | Portland, OR) Carey became fascinated by photography and design.
The physical/visual elements intertwined in the two have driven Carey to define a style that drives the past and the future into a median of vibrance. Carey’s work is influenced by human extremes, architecture, and documentary. Carey Quinton Haider is a lifestyle; a midnight ride down a desert road on a 1963 Harley Panhead never looking back.
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5310 S.E. Francis St. Portland, OR 97206