Starting September 18th, Australian-based Altair Zine is taking over Format’s Instagram account. Follow along at @useformat.
Altair is an online publication with a focus on showcasing analog photography from all around the world. Since launching in February 2015, they’ve worked with over 800 emerging photographers to publish photo series, host photo shows, and create several printed zines.
The photography published on Altair is always personal and candid, offering a view into the experiences and lives of a diverse range of young photographers. Analog film series are the focus, sharing memories from California and the Azores to Japan and Sao Paulo.
We asked Altair Zine editor Sebastian Wighton to curate a selection of new work from some standout photographers featured on his site. He picked out Jaycee Mentoor, Gianna Hayes, and Bobby Banks as ones to watch—three talented photographers shooting portraits and creative editorial work, often on 35mm.
We’re also running an ongoing contest on Instagram. Share a photo of your Format portfolio in action, tag us and #formatportfolio, and you could win your site free for a year.
Jaycee Mentoor was born in South Africa, raised in New Zealand, and is now based in Sydney. Mentoor’s photography often documents his friends, which gives his portrait photography an intimate and un-staged feel. Mentoor also does editorial photography, shooting for publications like Yearbook.
Based in Los Angeles and Sydney, Gianna Hayes works in editorial and portrait photography as well as collage. Nature and the body are the central themes of her photography work. Often shooting in natural settings with lots of light, Hayes’s images focus on energy and the environment.
Based in New York City, Honduran photographer Bobby Banks shoots editorial and portrait photography that’s lively and real. “Bobby Banks aims to create honest work that speaks for itself,” as Sebastian Wighton puts it. Banks has a careful eye for how his photo subjects interact with their surroundings, often setting fashion shoots against an urban environment to create just the right amount of visual contrast.
Cover image by Gianna Hayes.