Deb Young & Frank Diaz

*Playground Series

Poking the Hornet’s Nest
Hide and Seek 3
The Potato Race
The Jump
The Conspirators
To the Other Side
The Swing

*Wandering Kind

The Giraffe
Bears at the Pond
The Grazing Sheep
Birds at the River
The Bison
The Goat
Leading a Horse to Water
Two Dogs


The Pied Piper
The Wolf + The Kid
The Idol Worshipper
Hansel + Gretel I
Gathering Wildflowers
Hansel + Gretel 2
Jack + the Beanstalk 1 Desire
Babes in the Wood
 The  International  Collaboration  Project
The idea that two artist photographers—one male, the other female—can work together, in real time while being separated by a vast ocean, is revolutionary — but such is the nature of this new exploration, The International Collaboration Project, with Frank Diaz (USA) + Deb Young (New Zealand).

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:

F R A N C I S C O D I A Z (USA) + D E B Y O U N G (New Zealand)
The artistic duo behind the international collaboration project
Represented by the Susan Spiritus Gallery
• moscow international foto awards won 1st place in the people non-professionalcategory, gold in the people : children category and bronze in the portfolio fine art category 2017
• neutral density photography awards 1st place in the fine art – photo
manipulation category 2017
• photolucida critical mass top 50 includes diaz + young 2016
• winners of the 9th Julia Margaret Cameron award 2016
• won second place in the 2015 moscow international fotography awards in the
fine art photography other category
• won second place in the 2015 international photography awards in the fine art
photography other category
• chosen “International Photographers of the Year 2014”, 6thedition pollux
awards, the fine art and documentary photography biennial, malaga, spain
also first place Alternative processes and digital manipulation category, “the
international collaboration project;” also first place children category, “the international collaboration project;” also third place landscapes and seascapes category, “the international collaboration project”
• most successful photographers of the show award, the international
collaboration project, the royal easter show, new zealand
• first prize the auckland winter festival, “the international collaboration
project,” new Zealand 2014
• chosen as core exhibiters in the ballarat international foto biennale, ballarat,
• first prize award winner in the new york center for photographic art’s “rural
impressions” exhibition
• chosen as one of Photographer’s Forum magazine’s Best of Photography
• gold medal award winner in the gallery photographica international

The Playground Series


The Wandering Kind