Joey L. is a young photographer who has been on my radar for a very long time. I often use him as an example for aspiring photographers. While many wanna-be photographers fixate on gear and technique, Joey has created a career from focusing on what he wants to create and what he needs to do to get there.
This young photographer's career has been nothing short of remarkable. He was a working professional with prominent commercial clients before he could legally buy a drink.
What's impressed me most is that along with his professional work, Joey has been committed to personal projects which explore the lives of people that are very different from the performers and artists he is often commissioned to photograph. His latest project, Guerrilla Fighter of Kurdistan, which took the young photographer into an active war zone is gripping, revelatory and beautiful.
Joey L. is a photographer who by simply following his passions and putting in the work and creating photographs and a career that defies common definition. Only in his early twenties, he's already produced a body of work that is nothing short of impressive.
If you don't know his name or his work, it's time for that to change.