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Rich in symbolism and theatricality, Haris Nukem’s photographs convey a crucial comment on modern culture. Touching upon pressing concerns such as hedonism, online trolls, tribalism, social media, fame, and the fragility of public services, his work is a passionate study of the human spirit in the 21st century.
Captivated by a vast range of references and themes – be it biblical, historical, royal or mythological – London-based photographer Haris Nukem blurs the line between the past and present to create a new visual narrative. His sumptuous photographs are often charged with a socially conscious, urban aesthetic which aims to explore the interconnected world we live in today. “For me and my lot, we either win or learn, we focus on building, never destroying always sticking to our principals and pursuing our vision.”
Driven by the desire to understand polar perspectives on a varying range of topics, Nukem is a firm believer in conversations. “Cultivating new ideas for us is having new conversations.” “I’m inspired by what we, tribally as humans, have in common and the structures built around individuals that inevitably divide them.”
A creative child, self-taught in various mediums, it was whilst developing a small fashion company that Nukem discovered his passion for photography and never looked back. Having shot covers for a vast range of publications including Mixmag, Beautiful Bizarre, Noctis and Lowdown, in 2017 Nukem directed Firetrap’s A/W TV campaign. He has also shot campaigns for BOY London, Selfridges, Twisted Tailor, Without Prejudice, ADYN and Glitterbox.
Nukem has worked closely with a number of record labels and artists including Defected Records, Good Soldier, Warner Music, Universal, IAMDDB, Dennis Sulta, Jordan Stephens and Badass B. In 2019, he directed a campaign for Visit Britain that focuses on the benefits of living in London for young creatives.
Having carved out his career on his own terms independently, Nukem’s recent signing to Maddox Gallery marks a significant moment in the photographer’s career trajectory. Set to become a household name, the thirty-year old is one of the most imaginative and evocative photographers to emerge in recent years.
“The moment I began to take photos I was instilled with a depth of gratitude I’d never formerly known. To have the privilege to meet so many wonderful people and to come in contact with so many different cultures, ideas, themes and stories has forever changed my life.”