Huss Hardan is the resident artist at huZ galleries.
The photography bug bit Huss hard in his early years while living in England and dreaming of good light, first playing with a Polaroid instant camera before branching out to 35mm film.
Southern California was the next stop for Huss with a brief move to digital imaging before deciding that anything that can create an image would be his chosen medium. Currently that includes digital, 35mm and medium format film cameras.
Huss’ major influence for his color photography is the work of David Hockney, with the intense colors often becoming the subject matter of the images.
Huss considers himself a documentarian of the personal, the abstract and occasionally the absurd.
His latest project at huZ galleries is Anguish & Obsession: Color of Money.
“Anguish and Obsession” is Huss Hardan’s trilogy featuring “An American Love Story”, “Mother Earth” and “The Color of Money”.
It explores and documents societal issues in an unyielding, conceptual and yet illustrative fashion. In "Color of Money" multiple stories are told within the same narrative.
The abuse of power and control - ranging from human trafficking to sexual harassment - is addressed. Shot on film, it combines a stylized technique with a jarring and yet
emotional touch blending Helmut Newton’s eroticism with Weegee’s crime scene imagery.
Huss describes this photographic aesthetic as Helmut Weegee . The images challenge and confront the viewer as we sense a shift in the power dynamic.
“The Color of Money” opens at huZ Galleries in San Pedro on Thursday December 7th, 7 – 10pm. It runs through the end of January 2018.