Zach Hyman is a photographer and artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He is most recognized for his environmental nude portraiture and nude self portraiture. This ongoing work incorporates performative tones that stem from his classical training in the theatrical arts. These “still performances” are a means of personal exploration that consistently lend ideas to new practices in which the artist currently engages. Most recently, for this body of work, he photographed a series in Iceland wherein he continues his nude self portraiture, but also adds man-made materials that further interrupt, restructure, and redefine the spaces he finds with which to interact.
     Hyman’s work currently explores the narratives and spaces between reality and non-reality, often times targeting the current visual culture itself. Whether tampering with a serene environment or distorting a figure in real time, and allowing an image’s flaws to build on the final work; he intends to point at common uniform and perfected photographic practices and depart from them by way of analog distortions and alternative techniques. He is attempting to dismantle the visual trends and constructed identities that we so routinely consume and portray through our narrow media scopes. Throughout a majority of his personal work he aims to challenge the idea of “perfection” and identity by inserting aesthetic devices that push the viewer to conjure up their own internal realities. In turn the viewer is faced with the question of what, if anything, is in fact real.