In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real

33 photographers share portraits of their favorite muses: their best friends.

Paul McLaren
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Olivia Trimble and Autry Haydon-Wilson   Paul McLaren

“If you go through anyone's camera roll, the vast majority of their photographs are often of their close friends. The photos that I make of my best friends are my most true. In a fake world, pictures of my best friends feel the most real.” — Paul McLaren

Francesca Allen
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Julia Campbell-Gillies   Francesca Allen

“Julia moved into my house a few years back and we can't seem to get rid of each other. We've been taking photos together since we met. I wanna make a big book one day.” — Francesca Allen

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Claire Christerson
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Logan Jackson   Claire Christerson

I always feel so lucky when I get to shoot Logan. We have been best friends for a long time. I treasure this person so much. He is the crusty cupcake of my eyes." — Claire Christerson

Caroline Tompkins
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Jake Sigl   Caroline Tompkins

“I can safely say I wouldn't be me without Jake.” — Caroline Tompkins

Devyn Galindo
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Alex Hood   Devyn Galindo

“I’ve been photographing Alex for almost 10 years now, so we are really comfortable with each other. It’s the kind of intimacy you can only get with someone you’ve known for most of your life. She was my first muse!” — Devyn Galindo

Carmen Daneshmandi
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Ariel   Carmen Daneshmandi

"When someone looks at themselves in front of you, they see themselves, and that helps you see yourself. They remind you of who you are and who you could be, before any image is made." — Carmen Daneshmandi

Naima Green
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Sade Joseph   Naima Green

“Sade is a stunning creature who has been a ride or die since we first caught eyes at a high school tennis match. I couldn’t function without her; I’m obsessed.” — Naima Green

Landon Speers
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Matt Uebbing   Landon Speers
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Matt Uebbing   Landon Speers

"Matt's a wonderfully talented artist with a heart of gold. His painting studio was in our living room, so I would often wake up to the same canvas completely transformed into a visual slice of Matt's slightly twisted brain." — Landon Speers

Catharine Maloney
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Jessa (in the floral housecoat) and Kate (hand)   Catharine Maloney

"The three of us met at Bennington College as freshman. When I think about our time together, it is punctuated with laughter. Donna Tartt says in The Goldfinch, "I had the epiphany that laughter was light, and light was laughter, and that this was the secret of the universe." Good friendship is the best part of life, but it is hard to find and hard to keep. — Catharine Maloney

Ike Edeani
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Sasha Arutyunova   Ike Edeani

“Having a profound connection means feeling fully at ease, which allows me to photograph the most fleeting moments, because i know she gets it; it also means I can be completely vulnerable with her. It probably helps that we're both photographers. — Ike Edeani

Mary Kang
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Teresa Yang   Mary Kang
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Teresa Yang   Mary Kang

My best friend Teresa and I met at a summer camp 16 years ago. With her, even the uneventful days spent together feel productive. Whenever we get to hang out I take a lot of pictures to preserve my memories with her. — Mary Kang

Amy Lombard
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Danielle Greco   Amy Lombard

The first time I "met" Danielle was when she added me on Myspace when we were 15; she liked my fashion mullet. Fast forward to our senior year of high school, our crazy haircuts had grown out and we both were accepted into the Fashion Institute of Technology. She responded to my Myspace bulletin and asked if I wanted to be her roommate. 9 years later, we're still living together. — Amy Lombard

Diamond Dixon
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Sean’s   Diamond Dixon

“From day one, Sean's has supported me on all levels. I feel like everyone needs a friend like that. I know by uplifting each other we can create anything we want.” — Diamond Dixon

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Myles Loftin
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Darryl Riley   Myles Loftin

"I love photographing Darryl because his attitude, style, and personality are all so bold. But at the same time, there is a softness and elegance in his eyes that make you wonder: who is he? what's his story? what is he thinking?" — Myles Loftin

Molly Matalon
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Vivian Fu   Molly Matalon

"Vivan is someone who I can sit in a room silently working with, which is something I really love in a person.” — Molly Matalon

Meron Menghistab
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Riley Davis   Meron Menghistab

"Growing up, we were so lucky to have a group of friends that took care of each other. More times than I can count I've had people point out how openly loving we are to each other and that you don't really see it too often among groups of men. I then let them know this is what it looks like when you know someone will always be there for you." — Meron Menghistab

Ana Cuba
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real María Sosa   Ana Cuba
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real María Sosa   Ana Cuba

"First time I talked to María was when I asked her for a pen on our first day of University in Barcelona. She was sitting next to me, and of course, she hadn't brought one either." — Ana Cuba

Logan White
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Mary Katherine Dunwody   Logan White

“[Mary and I] share a stomping ground and desire for adventures on potent southern soil. We trespass in abandoned mansions through the kudzu and into the woods, we flirt with ghosts in cemeteries...” — Logan White

Nathan Bajar
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Dad (pedrito bajar)   Nathan Bajar

“I take pictures of my dad because he won't be here forever, and because there are so many things I want to say to him that I don't know how to say with words.” — Nathan Bajar

David Brandon Geeting
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Priscilla Jeong   David Brandon Geeting
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Corey Olsen  

"Priscilla is my girlfriend, and the least boring person I know. I love photographing her because her energy directs the shoot; the camera is just there to document. Corey doesn't care what anyone thinks of him, and words cannot express how much respect I have for that." — David Brandon Geeting

Brad Ogbonna
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Matthew Davidson   Brad Ogbonna

"He's crazy, but he has a good heart." — Brad Ogbonna

Tereza Červeňová
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Iekeliene   Tereza Červeňová
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Iekeliene   Tereza Červeňová

"I care for Iekeliene greatly, and I treasure the moments we spend together. These photographs create a collection of our common memories." — Tereza Červeňová

Shane J. Smith
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Dana "Redds" Parker   Shane J Smith

"I consider myself fortunate to have found not only an inspiring friendship in Dana Parker, but also an artistic muse. I have photographed Dana a number of times, but through this image I am effectively able to immortalize him as heroic protagonist he represents to me." — Shane J Smith

Rebekah Campbell
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Grace   rebekah campbell

“Grace is an enigmatic, blossoming woman who makes me look at the world in a new way. I love the moments we spend together, in pixels and in real life.” — Rebekah Campbell

In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Grace   Rebekah Campbell
Valerie Chiang
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Matt Young and Gene Fukui   Valerie Chiang

We've been best friends since college, and we all ended up living in L.A. together after we graduated. I photograph them a lot, especially after they formed an electronic pop duo. They're the best subjects to work with." — Valerie Chiang

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Patrick Driscoll
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real

“With Tony, I always treated us hanging out as a downtime from everything I was doing — including photography. This particular image is from a day we went out skating. We’re no longer neighbors but I still consider him my dude. I think the few photographs I do have of him are some of the images closest to my heart.” — Patrick Driscoll

Gunner Stahl
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Playboi Carti  

“It’s close to impossible to take a bad photo of [Playboi] Carti. I feel like we never miss.” — Gunner Stahl

Natalie de Segonzac
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Leah Mandel   Natalie de Segonzac

"After over a decade of friendship, photography has become a natural part of our relationship. And we're together all the time, so she's always free to model for me." — Natalie de Segonzac

Douglas Segars
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Jean Andre Antoine   Douglas Segars

“Every time I run into Jean Andre, it’s love. I respect his consistency in the streets.” — Douglas Segars

Alex Thebez
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Marisa Gertz   Alex Thebez

"We often share similar feelings in social situations, and photographing Marisa in those moments feels like verbalizing a feeling through psychic means." — Alex Thebez

Shaniqwa Jarvis
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real

"Raj is the most loyal and brings out the best in me. Even when I fuck up a epic meal, he is always down to eat it and try to make me believe it really wasn't that bad. He's my dude, forever." — Shaniqwa Jarvis

Peter B Samuels
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Madelyn   Peter B Samuels

"Madelyn and I joke that when we hang out for too long our cheeks start to hurt from laughing too much. I love photographing her because I feel like I can anticipate her every move, but she’s always surprising me." — Peter B Samuels

Will Robson Scott
In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real Harmony   Will Robson Scott

“Photographing your dog is like photographing your child: you take hundreds of photos that are important to you, and rarely of much importance to anyone else. I don’t think I’ve photographed anyone more than Harmony. What does that say about me?” — Will Robson Scott

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In A Fake World, Pictures Of Friends Feel The Most Real