Michelle Groskopf: ‘Sentimental’ Kickstarter

06.11.17

LA based photographer Michelle Groskopf has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund her first Monograph, it’s a collection of the best of her street photography spanning the past 5 years shot across the city, burbs and beaches of LA. It is set to be published by The Magenta Foundation early next year. You can reach her Kickstarter page (here) where you can preorder a copy, buy a print or an experience and ultimately help this book be born.

“This is how I see. This book is a map of my whims. It’s a diary, in memory of all the days I trotted half in love down the street. It’s how I see colors and how I hold faces up to be worshipped. It’s my love letter to the industrious nature of hands and all the ways they show us our busyness and our bustling. This is how I formulate my daily geography, the very things that prop me up and keep me afloat. This book is a dream line straight to my childhood where I first learned to roam.

I’ve shot almost daily in Los Angeles for the past 5 years. This is the first time this work is being collectively published. It’s my love letter to this grand city and it’s people. It’s also a love letter to my childhood and all the ways it shaped my aesthetic. Photography acts as a time machine, allowing me to revisit the faces and visual iconography of my youth.

Although I hope the images stand alone, it has always been about how they play off of each other to create a new world, built on the loving details and unforgettable faces that pass in front of my camera daily.”

— Michelle Groskopf.

Originally hailing from Canada, Michelle Groskopf is a Los Angeles based photographer. Her work is a mix of photo journalism, portraiture and street photography. She holds a BFA in film and video production from the School Of Visual Arts in New York where she also taught as an adjunct professor in the graduate film and video dept. She is a member of the celebrated flash photography collective Full Frontal Flash. Her work has been shown around the world and featured in publications such as The British Journal Of Photography, American Photo, The Huffington Post, Vice Magazine and It’s Nice That, among others. Michelle is dedicated to empowering youth through photography and education initiatives working with the Lucie Foundation, Educare and Youth Arts to inspire the next generation of photographers and artists. Her clients include, Refinery 29, Bloomberg Businessweek, Vice Magazine, Marie Claire France, Aftenposten, and Stern Magazine.

See more of Michells’s work — Website / Instagram / Kickstarter.