Ari Marcopoulos, "Shaun/Cairo", Stratton, Sonoma , 2003, c-print, 20 x 54"

Ari Marcopoulos, “Shaun/Cairo”, Stratton, Sonoma , 2003, c-print, 20 x 54″

Ari Marcopoulos

Photographer and filmmaker Ari Marcopoulos has documented an international group of snowboarders since the late 1990s. Creating a vast, visual chronicle of their lives with 35mm candid photographs, large format outdoor imagery, and breathtaking cinematic views, he captures these mostly male riders hanging out in hotels and nightclubs and competing at events. The work is the subject of his recent book Transitions and Exits and commenting about its title, he noted that the riders “experience transitions, including the big one from adolescence to adulthood; exits…[are] a metaphor for escape and exploration.”

Ari Marcopoulos’ work has appeared in numerous publications and recent exhibitions in Tokyo and New York City including the 2002 Whitney Biennial. His film work includes documentaries on street percussionist Larry Wright and artist Forrest Bess and a longform video for the Beastie Boys.