KOSTEN: the insta-famous photog behind The Modern Evening campaign.

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For our Modern Evening campaign, we teamed up with Insta-worthy photographers to create images that evoke the essence of a city: you know, that buzzy, heady feeling you get when wandering the lit-up streets of NYC at night. Kosten, who created the five images featured below, was our dream collaborator–his gorgeous, gritty cityscapes were exactly the vibe we were going for.

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Do you love his images as much as we do? Read on to get to know the man behind the camera.

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FAME:
Describe yourself in one sentence.
KOSTEN: Nomadic artist establishing worldwide acknowledgment.

FAME: Much of your work is in New York–what about the city is so compelling? Which neighborhoods continue to hold your gaze?
KOSTEN: The fact I walk the grounds of hundreds years of history really drives me to photograph the city in a timeless way. New York City changes everyday and I want to document it for as long as I possibly can. Any neighborhood that hasn’t been taken over by shopping malls and contemporary architecture gets my attention in New York. It’s a feeling I can’t really describe to see a building that’s been around for a while and just has the gritty NYC feeling.

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FAME: How did you discover photography and develop your personal aesthetic?
KOSTEN: I always knew about photography but it wasn’t until 2014 when I started photographing on my iPod touch. I absolutely loved the idea of creating images and editing them to a certain style. It reminded me of coming up with a name to write on walls and figuring out my handstyle. Growing up I was interested in skateboarding and graffiti. The two have been a great influence in developing my photography style still to this day.

FAME: Which photographers do you admire?
KOSTEN: My dad photographs his daily commute everyday of his life and for as long as I can remember he’s been showing me the images he takes. It’s hard not to admire that.

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FAME: What are your favorite Instagram accounts to follow?
KOSTEN: Some of my favorite Instagram accounts to follow are @transmental, @night.shift, & @maxleitner.

FAME: How do you believe social media/Instagram has affected your art and career?
KOSTEN: Instagram has been the startup to my photography career. It helped me surpass ever having to get a degree and brought me to a level of influence that has given me creative freedom on projects with major brands across the world. I cannot be more grateful for what social media and this app has done for me so far.

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FAME: What do you do when you’re not behind the camera?
KOSTEN: When I’m not behind a camera I’m usually maintaining my brand or writing graffiti. Photography is a daily process. 120% of my available time almost always goes to my building my craft.

Cheers,
FAME