Myles Loftin recognizes the latent power that images hold , and seeks to utilize that power as a means for creating positive change. He is a photographer, director and a senior in the BFA Photo program at Parsons School of Design.
With a practice that blends portraiture, fine art and fashion photography, his photos exude a feeling of vibrance, freedom and youth. Loftin’s work deals with themes of blackness, identity, and representation of marginalized individuals. His subjects are often times friends, family members and members of the LGBTQ+ community.
In 2016, Loftin released the photo and video project ‘HOODED’ which humanizes and decriminalize the societal perception of black men and boys. The project went viral on twitter and was featured by Buzzfeed and Vice among others.
This work, and the others that followed have led him to participate in various public speaking engagements worldwide including talks at Yale University, SXSW, Dutch Design Week and The Cannes Festival of Creativity.
Notable press features on Loftin include being on the 2019 Paper People list, The Root’s Young Futurists 2018 list. Additionally he has shown work in publications such as Aperture, i-D and New York Magazine and was recently awarded a $7,000 grant from Getty Images to create work that celebrates the lives and narratives of LGBTQIA+ communities.
He has exhibited work in group shows with Aperture Foundation, Superposition Gallery and other galleries across the U.S.
Making art is an important part of Loftin’s life and, as an artist of color, he works to inspire other artists of color to pursue successful careers in the creative industry.