A Chat With Photographer Gray Malin

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Los Angeles based photographer Gray Malin has become one of my favorite photographers. If you don’t know his name (yet), you’ve likely seen his work; his Prada Marfa series is a designer favorite and can often be spotted in decor magazines, and his gorgeous aerially shot ‘À La Plage, À La Piscine‘ is ubiquitous on Pinterest and blogs. I’m a tiny bit obsessed with nearly all of his work, but if I had to choose a favorite it would be his La Dolce Vita collection, which is a stunning, Slim Aarons-like series consisting of shots of beaches along the Italian Riviera. I have this print in my bedroom which adds the perfect amount of color to the room (and inspires serious wanderlust).

I recently had the chance to ask Gray a few questions about his work, life, and what’s next for him – read on below to check it out, and be sure to visit his website to see more of his beautiful work!

Did you always want to be a photographer? In third grade I wanted to be a pro baseball player but that didn’t happen so I settled for my second choice- professional photographer.   It was actually an art-form I didn’t fully discover until high school when I took ‘Black and White Darkroom Photography I’ and it was truly love at first sight.

I read that you began selling your art at the Melrose Flea Market in LA. Do you still visit the market?  

I did! I set up a 10×10 tent every Sunday showing my black and white snaps for one entire year and I met some incredible people in the community-  it was an incredibly humbling yet magical experience. Ironically my husband and I just bought our first home next to the market and the entrance is on our street- great for a Sunday stroll with our dog. Definitely means a lot to have come full circle like this.

What would be your dream place to photograph?

Well, that’s tough. Six months ago it was Antarctica but we just wrapped that! I think it would be a real dream to shoot something in outer space looking back at earth.

Who or what influences your work?

Everyone! I find inspiration in the craziest of places but I love Pinterest… I could scroll for hours looking at one location. And also word of mouth- some of my series started from a friend of a friend mentioning I should google some place; never underestimate the power of word-of-mouth.

What’s next for you? 

Antarctica comes out February 19th (wahoo!) and then we are launching a brand new website as well as introducing product collaborations for sale this Spring. After that- get ready for new work from Australia!

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