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Many photographers are driven by something singular in their imagery. Jeff Tse defines his work as a play of light and form. He strives to create imagery that parallels sculpture more so than the two-dimensional photograph.


A driving force in his work is his desire is to translate subliminal aesthetic forms into imagery that is timeless and flawless. The artist’s latest series focuses on beauty found in the natural world. Inspired by great Naturalists such as Edward Weston and Georgia O’Keeffe, he takes on a widely varying set of subjects—from boletus to stone to driftwood. Tse carefully selects specific objects, in the same manner in which a sculptor would choose the finest clay with which to work—those from which he can evoke inordinately pleasing forms.


As part of Tse’s commitment to the natural environment which inspires his imagery, he donates a portion of sales to the Point Lobos Foundation, supporting Point Lobos State Natural Reserve—where many of his photographs are taken.


Through Tse’s close attention to the grace and texture of each object, the resulting images transform even the simplest to one of nuanced grace. Drawing from the traditional canon of nature photography, while inspired by the figurative renderings of predecessors George Platt Lynes, Robert Mapplethorpe and Herb Ritts, Tse combines his natural eye for the truly exquisite, to create images which are classical and arresting.
Tse grew up in Hong Kong and New York City. Picking up the camera as an adult, he quickly achieved acclaim as a successful sports photographer, publishing photographs of celebrity athletes—including Lance Armstrong and Tyler Hamilton. Seeking to refine his imagery to a purer state, he moved to beauty and fashion photography, developing an enduring and stunning aesthetic that crosses genres. Tse’s work is found in major corporate, public and private collections. His images have appeared in Elle, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Allure and Marie Claire, among many others, with clients including Dior, John Frieda, Covergirl and Fredric Fekkai. Jeff lives in New York.
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