FIFTY24PDX Gallery is proud to present, “HOW THE WEST WAS ONE,” featuring photographs from Estevan Oriol (Los Angeles), Megan McIsaac (Portland), and Austin McManus (San Francisco). For this show, each photographer represents their city, the style and content unique to artist and landscape. What links these three disparate artists is residing on the West Coast, and the medium by which they express themselves and reflect what they see around them.
Estevan Oriol began his career in the entertainment industry in the late 1980′s as a club bouncer at Los Angeles’ most popular Hip Hop clubs and infamous Hollywood hangouts. It was there that Estevan first linked up with his Soul Assassin brothers from South Gate, Cypress Hill. Eager to expand his knowledge of the business, Estevan secured a job as tour manager for the rap group, House of Pain, in 1992.
Estevan invoked his unique photography style to catalog the outrageous experiences he had on tour and began taking pictures of his neighborhood homies and the low rider culture. He had a gift for capturing the raw essence of street life through his photography. Within a short time, he became one of the most sought after photographers of the Urban and Hip Hop community. His work has been featured in magazines world-wide including: COMPLEX, FHM, GQ, Flaunt, Details, Vibe, The Fader, and Rolling Stone.
In 2006, Estevan teamed up with clothing powerhouse, Upper Playground, noted leader in specialty artists’ inspired t-shirt lines. Estevan’s line expresses his photography on limited edition t-shirts. In its 5 season, the line and its following continues to grow at a tremendous rate.
Today, in addition to being CEO of Joker Brand Clothing and his full time career as a photographer, Estevan directs music videos for groups including Eminem, Cypress Hill, D12, Linkin Park, Blink 182, Paul Wall, P.O.D., and Xzibit. He devised shooting campaigns for Nike, Rockford Fosgate, and Cadillac. He has directed new media projects for My Cadillac stories, MTV, and Apple Computer.
Megan McIsaac lives in Portland Oregon, by way of Metro-Detroit, Michigan.
“I have never once felt as though I have belonged somewhere or have belonged with someone or some people… I don’t feel a sense of belonging. I have never been part of a clique or a group of friends and best friends have come and gone. If I am a good photographer, it is because I am an observer. I have always been the observer.”
- Megan McIsaac
“In addition to curating his monthly show at Free Gold Watch, editing books for Gingko Press, and running the always spectacular FlopBox, San Francisco resident Austin McManus also happens to be one hell of a photographer. Capturing a great shot is often times simply a matter of statistical probabilities combined with just being in the right place at the right time. A great photographer isn’t one who is lucky enough to catch the great shot, but rather one who can express an individual voice, define a moment in time, and serialize these events in a unique and inspired manner” -Hi-Fructose Magazine