About the Artists
Artists Francisco Diaz and Deb Young are the creators of the International Collaboration Project, a digital photographic collaboration positioning them as pioneers in this landscape. Working over 8,800 miles apart, Diaz (USA) and Young (New Zealand) combine their candid photographs into series of reality-bending narratives. The themes of their work often have an underlying lo-fi sensibility, exploring both childlike wonder and imagination, as well as intense adult stories with darker twists.
The two artists have been part of multiple exhibitions, competitions and projects. Accolades include being named "International Photographers of the Year" at the 6th Edition Pollux Awards, the Fine Art and Documentary Photography Biennial held in Malaga, Spain, first prize at the Texas Photographic Society International Photography Competition and the New York Center for Photographic Arts, awarded the 9th Julia Margaret Cameron Award at the 4th Biennial of Fine Art + Documentary Photography in Berlin, and more.
Exhibitions include Gilman Contemporary in Ketchum, Idaho, the Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, Colorado, the Kolga Awards in Tbilisi, Georgia, Z Gallery Arts in Vancouver, BC and The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa, FL. They have been featured in prestigious online photography and arts magazines such as Positive Magazine, Musee Magazine, Feature Shoot, PH Magazine, F-Stop Magazine, the Eye of Photography, Creative Boom, Lenswork, amongst many more.
Born in the U.S. with Cuban-Spanish heritage, Diaz’s predilection for artists like Goya, El Greco, and the still lifes of Juan Bautista de Espinosa may come from that background. With many childhood years spent in Brooklyn on Coney Island, the posters, crumbling rides, the idea of a shredded environment, became a major visual inspiration for his future work.
Young’s passion for photography came to life when she was given the opportunity to work behind the scenes on the publication of New Zealand Photography Magazine, editing, shooting, image processing, judging the monthly-run competitions and interviewing professional photographers. Her early connection and fascination with documentary photography lead to Young shooting the streets of Auckland using a variety of analogue cameras.