Vanity Photographs
by Scott Caan
Martha Otero Gallery is pleased to present Scott Caan’s Vanity, an exhibition featuring photographs. Over the past decade, actor Scott Caan has quietly garnered a reputation as an…
Martha Otero Gallery is pleased to present Scott Caan's Vanity, an exhibition featuring photographs.

Over the past decade, actor Scott Caan has quietly garnered a reputation as an outstanding photographer. This exceptional volume is a celebration of his most recent work.

Shooting with a photojournalist's eye, Caan captures moments that have a quiet honesty to them and a documentary feel. Caan's images also have a unique insight into life as a celebrity - such as the book's cover image; taken from the top of the red carpet at Cannes (where no photographer has ever been allowed) looking back at the hive of paparazzi below.

The title of the book is another subtle nod to his fame. Countering claims that he is simply indulging in 'a vanity project', Caan has reclaimed the word in full force with this exquisite demonstration of his talent. To me, Vanity was the perfect title. Photography is the one thing I can do where I don't have to answer to anybody. ... In a sense, it is my selfish way of saying; "these are the photographs that I like."'

This October, Reel Art Press releases Vanity, a plush hardback featuring an extensive collection of Scott Caan’s most
recent work. This outstanding volume showcases Caan’s revered photojournalist style. Capturing real life interactions that draw out a raw and honest core from his subjects, Caan juxtaposes this with his more glamorous life as a celebrity.

The book’s cover image is an example of the more privileged side of life; taken from the top of the red carpet at Cannes (where no photographer has ever been allowed) looking back at the hive of paparazzi below.
Caan is the son of much celebrated actor James Caan, and although he’s mostly known for his own acting work
(Ocean’s Eleven, Entourage, Gone in Sixty Seconds), in the last decade Caan has built up a reputation as a truly
outstanding photographer. The title of the book certainly nods to his years in the spotlight, but the depth of his work
makes it clear that this isn?t ?a vanity project? and Caan confdently reclaims the word in full force with this exquisite
demonstration of his talent.

?To me, Vanity was the perfect title. Photography is the one thing I can do where I don?t have to answer to anybody. ?
In a sense, it is my selfsh way of saying; ?these are the photographs that I like? ? Scott Caan
Shot exclusively on flm, Caan’s photographs are unremorseful and enduring. He crosses intimate dark interiors of late nights in locked Hollywood hotel rooms with stark backdrops of dilapidated urban landscapes in South America – his subjects across both settings often appearing solemn or troubled. And from portraiture to nudes, each photo Cann takes pulls the viewer into a story or a puzzle of what was existing in the moment it was captured.

This edition is designed and edited by the Emmy-award winning Creative Director Howard Nourmand, who introduces Caan’s body of work. Nourmand has produced artwork for countless artists, musicians, and flmmakers and his capacity to mesh flm and design has earned him recognition in the world of contemporary storytelling.

Foreword by Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo.

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SCOTT CAAN
Vanity
August 30 - September 13, 2014
Opening Reception & Book Signing:
Saturday, August 30th from 7 - 10 PM
More information www.marthaotero.com & www.scaanphoto.com

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published on 14 / 08