‘Through the lens’ is our monthly series that throws the spotlight on emerging photographers who are Wallpaper* contributors. Here we explore their vision further
New York and London-based Davey Adesida hasn’t followed a traditional career path. After finding himself more enriched by assisting and studio work than university, he decided to leave his studies in pursuit of his career, often working on multiple jobs in a day. ‘It builds you up. Makes you stronger and you can face any obstacle,’ the photographer explains of the intensity.
One thing he did carry through from his studies is the art of shooting with slide film, which is just one of the many features that sets his work apart. He has since worked with the likes of Converse, Christian Roth and J.Lindeberg. For the Wallpaper* September 2020 issue (available for free download here), Davey turned his large format camera lens towards jewellery designs by Matthew Harris, founder of New York brand Mateo.
Wallpaper*: Describe your style and process
Davey Adesida: It can be very personal. Sometimes I’ll get inspired after I watch a film – I watch a ton of old foreign films. Four years ago, I was really into Hitchcock, now I’m into classical French and Italian cinema. I like the colours of French director Eric Rohmer. Sometimes I even like technicolour films. I love the nature of Terence Malick. I like the darkness of Tarkovsky. I like the black and white’s of Antonioni. It’s all a mix of everything really.