Navid Baraty is a Brooklyn-based self-taught photographer who has embarked on a freelance mission for a client, where he photographs the most interesting and relevant interiors he comes across in New York City. In the story titled Inside NYC, the settings are all unique, telling and revealing. The characters merely hinted at, yet fascinating for all the humanity their homes reveal. And there is definitely a narrative here. A story about urban space, how it takes its toll on human existence, and how all us city dwellers essentially try to tame and appropriate the city, one nook and cranny at a time. Baraty has photographed lofts, penthouse, studios – there’s even a ferryboat home among them. He has taken pictures in Hell’s Kitchen, Union Square, midtown Manhattan, downtown Brooklyn, the Upper West Side, Bedford-Stuyvesant; it’s hard to imagine there is so much as a fold left on the map of the Big Apple where he hasn’t taken pictures. And it’s not just homes of creative professionals. Sure, most of the work was commissioned by Art Directors, people in online marketing, fashion designers, boho yoga teaches, coffee shop and gallery owners and furniture designers. But there are also the mattress sales people. The finance company VPs. The dentists. The zookeepers. The tech industry pros.
Navid Baraty has been published by the National Geographic and has held numerous exhibitions, including an ample installation at the Wellington International Airport in New Zealand. He has produced stock images for the National Geographic Image Collection and Getty Images. He has been published or commissioned by National Geographic, San Francisco Chronicle, Men’s Journal, San Francisco Magazine, Gothamist, Modern Luxury Media, Palm Press, and California College of the Arts. A quick browse through his online portfolio will reveal that, sometimes, self-taught is the best way to go. He dabbles successfully in several photographic fields: monochrome, street, photojournalism, architecture, interiors, landscapes… and his portrait work is not to diss either. Watch out for Baraty, you never know when his work will grace the next history-making National Geographic cover.