Award-winning photographer. Filmmaker. Writer. Raised in New Orleans. Based in NYC. Available for commissions and exhibitions internationally.
I mix art and fashion with technology. Kanye West loved my fashion story about black skinheads. I’m the guy behind those Hysterical Literature videos. I get zef with Die Antwoord. My Long Portraits inspired a Superbowl commercial. I got dirty during Hurricane Katrina. I think subculture is culture. I think deeply about how the present creates the future.
My dad was a Canadian national running pot over the border from Mexico. My mom was a Cajun hippie runaway, go-go dancing on Bourbon Street. They met, married, and went on a lifelong road trip, conceiving me in the back of a VW van on the way.
Editorial clients include: Vogue, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Vibe, The FADER, Glamour, Elle, GQ, Surface, SPIN, Village Voice, Planet, URB, OUT Magazine, The Source, Vice, Nerve, Metropop, Oyster, Smithsonian, Icon, Dezeen, Zink, XXL, New York Magazine, WIRED, Mass Appeal, The Guardian, ELLE Magazine, and The Times Magazine.
Advertising clients include: Dolby, Converse, Nike, Microsoft, Charles & Colvard, HarperCollins, Eli Lilly, Ad Council, David Yurman, Interscope Records, Mulholland Books, HBO. Agencies include: Saatchi & Saatchi, BBDO, Grey Worldwide, VSA, Brand New School, Mother New York.
Gallery and museum exhibitions include: MASS MoCA, Prospect Biennial, SixSpace Gallery, Envoy Gallery, Larissa Goldston Gallery, Lyons Wier Gallery, Grimmuseum Berlin, Krause Gallery, Darkroom Gallery, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery. My work has been written about in publications including: Vanity Fair, Tokion, Dazed & Confused, Vice, Picture Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, Nowness, Live FAST Magazine, Eyemazing, Juxtapoz, Interview Magazine, Whitehot, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, Creativity Now, The Great Discontent, Salon.com, Paper Magazine, Lui Magazine.
My art and music videos have been viewed over 70 million times, and feature artists like Die Antwoord, Margaret Cho, Big Freedia, Xiu Xiu, Cocorosie, Stoya, and Nicky Da B.
"In Operation Eden, documentary landscapes juxtapose with carefully composed portraits of survivors. The images bring to mind Alec Soth’s well-regarded series "Sleeping by the Mississippi", as well as Richard Avedon’s most intimate black-and-white portraits. The blog format, relatively underused by photographers at this level, has allowed thousands of people to visually follow the aftermath of Katrina as the months have passed, and to contribute funds to relief efforts." -Rolling Stone Magazine
"He bears compassionate yet unsentimental witness to the effects of Katrina upon the lives of area survivors, including family and friends. His portraits of Katrina survivors appear in some instances to be so openly intimate it's as if they were taken from the far side of a mirror. While intimate and in some cases highly emotional, Cubitt nevertheless resists the easy tendency either to heroicize his subjects or to subjectify them in relation to any pre-chosen message." -i-20 Gallery
"These portraits, as timeless in their way as the Depression-era government supported WPA project that employed the efforts of photographers such as Dorothea Lange, and Walker Evans, are testaments to the earnestness and creative urgency that Cubitt felt was the appropriate moral response to the calamity and intense resignation that is so palpable in the faces of the survivors." -LIFE Magazine
There is little distinction for him, it appears, between the personal and the professional. As a photographer, he has crossed the proverbial line, including himself - as voyeur and participant - in an on-camera life that utterly obliterates the distinction between object and subject, rendering objectivity an archaic term. With his rock star dalliances and a desire to marry high-art style and low-brow subjects, Cubitt sits at the photographic edge. -Eyemazing