Out of a joyful embrace of the 21st century digital era came Francisco Diaz + Deb Young’s unique vision for The International Collaboration Project: an inspired artistic effort wherein art photographers create works jointly from different corners of the globe, blending creative energies to design exceptional works as an example of true cooperation amongst global strangers in these difficult times.
These photo-montages have been described as “disturbingly beautiful” and their uniqueness has given rise to the designation “cinematic narrative photo-montages.” This work has caught the attention of prestigious online photographic magazines like Lenscratch, Lens Culture, Virtual Artbeat, PH Magazine and Rfoto folio to name a few. The ICP has also been invited to exhibit at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado, the KOLGA Awards in Tbilisi, Georgia, the 6TH EDITION OF THE POLLUX AWARDS — The 3rd Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography exhibition in Malaga, Spain –where both Diaz + Young were chosen as Photographers of the Year with The International Collaboration Project work winning in 3 categories. In May of 2015 Diaz + Young/The International Collaboration Project had a solo exhibition of their “Playground Series” at Soho Photo Gallery in NYC.
All of The International Collaboration Project work is created under the concept of “cinematic narrative photo-montages” — a reliance on movie sensibilities in the development of both Diaz + Young’s “narrative” and stylistic photographic approach. Another unique aspect of this work is that Young + Diaz integrate hundreds of individual random photos that they snap along with appropriated images to form the illusion of one cohesive image. This montaging of random, unrelated photos to give the illusion of a single snap allows Young + Diaz to raise the question of what is reality and to discuss the idea that our world is a fiction created by the limitations of our perceptions. The uniqueness of this collaboration is under scored by their working process — though Young + Diaz live over 8000 miles apart—he in the USA and she in New Zealand—they work digitally in real time, on each piece and have developed a way to set up their shots together by being able to see remotely through each others cameras!
Since beginning our representation of Diaz + Young, the artistic duo behind THE INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION PROJECT, they have gone on to get incredible write-ups in practically every magazine imaginable and have received an equal number of awards for their collaborative work!! Here is but a short list of them: