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Tyrell Hampton, ‘Go Home,’ & The Intangible Romance Of Party Photography – NYLON

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Whether it’s Miley Cyrus smoking a cigarette at a Met Gala after party or sloppy bar makeouts on Instagram, Tyrell Hampton’s photographs capture the messy exuberance of nightlife. Having trained as a dancer and choreographer for years, Hampton captures the movement of a night out: a specific dance move, cigarette drag, or sip of beer. He captures what’s so tantalizing to people about nightlife photography, which is equally a sense of FOMO and déjà vu — that even though you weren’t…….

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Whether it’s Miley Cyrus smoking a cigarette at a Met Gala after party or sloppy bar makeouts on Instagram, Tyrell Hampton’s photographs capture the messy exuberance of nightlife. Having trained as a dancer and choreographer for years, Hampton captures the movement of a night out: a specific dance move, cigarette drag, or sip of beer. He captures what’s so tantalizing to people about nightlife photography, which is equally a sense of FOMO and déjà vu — that even though you weren’t at that party, you’ve been in a moment like that before and can vicariously relive the joy.

You’ve probably seen Hampton’s work, either on Instagram, on the cover of magazines like GQ (he recently shot Zendaya) or for designers like Alexander Wang. Now, Hampton, who says he never took his art seriously while in art school, is putting his photographs in a capital-A art exhibition for the first time. Go Home is a collection of Hampton’s photographs of New York City nightlife over the last few years, and will be the inaugural exhibit at SN37 Gallery.

“It’s quite nerve wracking putting my work out on a wall for people to view and inspect instead of having it be on Instagram and having it be one of those ‘15 minutes of fame’ sort of things,” Hampton tells NYLON. “It’s really interesting to have it up for a long period of time where people can really sit with the work.

Hampton started his career from an outsiders’ view, sneaking into Met Gala afterparties to capture celebrities surprised by the bright flash of his camera. He might have Dua Lipa on speed dial now, but he says he still approaches his work from a “kid in a candy store” perspective of, I can’t believe I’m here. “The aspect of being a fan really has fueled my participation as a photographer in all these settings,” he says. “Being a fan of clothes and fashion and art and media and people and influencers and all those things. My fangirling over them makes me be like, ‘I need to capture this moment before I lose it.’”

Go Home opens at SN37 Gallery on Friday, November 19 and runs through January 9, 2022. Proceeds from the sales of works from Hampton’s show will be donated to the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation to provide scholarship assistance.

This is big, to put your work on display like this for the first time ever. How are you feeling about it?

I’m quite nervous. It’s quite nerve wracking, putting my work out on a wall for people to view and inspect instead of having it be on Instagram and having it be one of those “15 minutes of fame” sort of things. It’s really interesting to have it up for a long period of time where people can really sit with the work.

It’…….

Source: https://www.nylon.com/life/tyrell-hampton-go-home-party-photos-gallery-show

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