Parker Day is a Los Angeles based artist whose work explores identity and the masks we wear. Through costuming and exaggerated expressions, Day toys with the truth of who and what she portrays. She deliberately eschews Photoshop in favor of in-camera capture on film. Lurid color bathes her work and heightens the surreality of her subjects while the grain and grit of the photographs make them palpably real. 

Her debut series, ICONS, has been shown in solo shows in Los Angeles, New York, and Portland in 2017. The ICONS book, published by NOT A CULT, is now available in a second edition.


Contact directly: (415) 425-7718 • parker@parkerdayphotography.com
Follow on Instagram: @heyparkerday

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1984    Born in San Jose, CA; lives and works in Los Angeles, CA


Education

2002-2005     Academy of Art University, Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree program, San Francisco, CA


Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2017      "''ICONS' book signing" La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2017     “ICONS” Screaming Sky Gallery, Portland, OR

2017     “ICONS” Superchief Gallery NY, New York, NY

2017     “ICONS” Superchief Gallery LA, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017      "Outfest" Lethal Amounts, Los Angeles, CA

2017     "5 Year Anniversary Group Show" Superchief Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2017     "5 Year Anniversary Group Show" Superchief Gallery, New York, NY

2017     “Angry Women” Untitled Space, New York, NY

2017     “Last Night” Castor Gallery, New York, NY

2017     “The Sacred Screen” The Square Gallery, London, England

2016     “Goddessphere” Art Basel, Miami Beach, FL

2016     “TIMNBY” Milan, Italy

2016     “FotoDC” Washington, DC

2016     “Photoville” New York, NY

2016     “Konvent” Barcelona, Spain

2016     “Ephemeral” Guy Hepner New York, NY

2016     “The New Important Photographers” Superchief Gallery, New York, NY

2016     “Lifeforce” Untitled Space, New York, NY


Publications

Monographs

2017     “ICONS,” NOT A CULT, first and second editions

Selected Print Publication Covers

2017     ARam Kim, Blink Magazine, Issue #51.

2017     Ione Gamble, Polyester, Issue Six.

Selected Print Publication Features 

2017     "Film Struck," Bust Magazine, Aug/Sept 2017

2017     Andreas Müller-Pohle, European Magazine, 101

2017     Peter Speetjens, Plastik, vol. 30.

2016     Austin McManus: “Picture Book,” Juxtapoz, n191, December.

2016     American Chordata, Issue Four, Fall.

2016     Ione Gamble: “Stars in Her Eyes,” Polyester, Issue Five.

2016      Alexander Langer: “Play: Parker Day,” Business Punk, 05_2016.

2016     “Portfolio,” Sentimental Magazine, Issue No3.

2016     “Goings On About Town,” The New Yorker, May 9.

Selected Web Publications

2017      "Parker Day’s Portraits On Acid," Kyle Fitzpatrick, Westwood Westwood, August 23, https://www.westwoodwestwood.com/culture/art/parker-days-portraits-acid/

2017     "Queerstory," The Front, July 31, http://www.thefront.com/look/queerstory/

2017     Marine Michel, "Film Photography Sees no Boundaries in Parker Day’s Freakish yet Bewitching Series: ICONS (NSFW)," Unrated, May 25, http://unrtd.co/film-photography-sees-no-boundaries-in-parker-days-freakish-yet-bewitching-series-icons-nsfw/

2017     Gloria Cardona, "Parker Day’s Totally Twisted and Completely Badass Glamour Shots," Sleek, May 3, http://www.sleek-mag.com/2017/05/03/photographer-hey-parker-day-interview/

2017     Justin Moran, "Parker Day's Technicolor 'ICONS' Wave Freak Flags High," Out, March 24, http://www.out.com/art-books/2017/3/24/parker-days-technicolor-icons-wave-freak-flags-high

2017     Iltalo Pantano, “Parker Day: Icons,” Vogue Italia, March 3, http://www.vogue.it/en/news/vogue-arts/2017/03/03/parker-day-icons-100-portraits-exhibition-superchief-gallery-ny/

2017     Nick Gazin, “Meet the Fantastic Freaks of Photographer Parker Day’s Subconscious,” Vice, March 3, https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/meet-the-fantastic-freaks-of-photographer-parker-days-subconscious

2017     Alexandra Weird, “Get Lost in Parker Day’s Absurdist Fantasy World,” Bullett Media, March 3, http://bullettmedia.com/article/get-lost-in-parker-days-absurdist-fantasy-world/

2017     Kurt McVery, “Peep Photographer Parker Day’s Surreal, Color-Saturated Portraits,” Paper, February 21, http://www.papermag.com/peep-photographer-parker-days-surreal-color-saturated-portraits-2274852554.html

2017     Genevieve Berrick, “Parker Day’s Weird, Wild Glamour Studio,” American Photo, February 14, http://www.americanphotomag.com/parker-days-weird-wild-glamour-studio

2017     Hannah Stouffer, “Glamor Shots Get Gleefully Weird in Parker Day’s Photographs,” Creators Project, February 6, https://creators.vice.com/en_us/article/parker-day-icons-glamor-shots-photography

2017     Marnie Sehayek, “Meet Photographer Parker Day’s Bizarre Cast of Characters,” LA Weekly, February 6, http://www.laweekly.com/arts/meet-photographer-parker-days-bizarre-cast-of-characters-7902442

2017     Zing Tsjeng, “The Photographer Transforming Her Subjects into Lurid, Strange Superheroes,” Broadly., January 13, https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/the-photographer-transforming-her-subjects-into-lurid-strange-superheroes

2016     Jasmin Hernandez, “Art ON! Photographer Proves Identity is a Construct with Kitschy Pulp Inspired Shots,” Konbini, November, http://www.konbini.com/us/inspiration/art-on-parker-day-kitschy-portraits-identity/

2016     Jess Kwong, “10 Stunning Images that Will Totally Challenge Your Perceptions,” Refinery29, September 14, http://www.refinery29.com/2016/09/122146/brooklyn-photography-exhibit-icons-portraits#slide

2016     Freddy Martinez, “Parker Day Interview: Imagining the Glittering Beauty of the Outre,” PhotoWhoa, July 20, http://blog.photowhoa.com/parker-day-interview-imagining-the-glittering-beauty-of-the-outre/

2016     Max Grobe, “Who are You? A 35mm Series on the Fluidity of Identity,” Hunger, May 18, http://www.hungertv.com/feature/who-are-you-a-35mm-series-on-the-fluidity-of-identity/

2016     Indiana Roma Voss, “Photographer to Watch: Fantastic Freaks by Parker Day,” Indie, May 5, http://blog.indie-mag.com/blog/2016/05/05/photographer-to-watch-fantastic-freaks-by-parker-day/

2016     Tricia Tongco, “This Photographer Destroys the Notion of ‘Pretty Girls’ in Her Portraits,” attn:, May 5, http://www.attn.com/stories/8098/parker-day-photos-challenge-our-idea-of-pretty-girls

2016     Ione Gamble, “Hyperreal Photos of LA’s Weirdest and Wildest Characters,” Dazed, April, http://www.dazeddigital.com/photography/article/30982/1/hyperreal-photos-of-la-s-weirdest-and-wildest-characters

2016     Hannah Butterworth, “Photographer Parker Day Explores Identity with Glitter, Colour, and a Little Bit of Blood,” i-D, April 15, http://i-d.vice.com/en_au/article/photographer-parker-day-explores-identity-with-glitter-colour-and-a-little-bit-of-blood

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