Steven Traylor

Steven Traylor is a creative director and multidisciplinary artist working in photography and film. The artist’s work is a captivating, nuanced portrait of his experience growing up in Mid-City, a predominantly Black neighborhood in Los Angeles. Exploring themes of race, sexuality, masculinity, and family, the artist employs a variety of mediums — analog photography, video, text, collage, sound, and sculpture — to tell a story of his community. Informed by music and meditative introspection, Traylor’s work is deeply authentic, intimate, and urgent in its telling. Says the artist, “in these times, things are changing so rapidly...when I feel something, I just want to document it before it disappears and goes unnoticed.”

Traylor began taking photographs at age 16, using a 35mm camera he found and initially tried to sell. The self-taught artist learned by trial and error, often visiting the repair floor of a camera shop in his neighborhood to learn about the technical aspects of film photography. Inquisitive and perceptive from a young age, Traylor channeled his curiosities into his craft, recalling, “I was always curious about why certain people in my community move the way they move.” The artist’s practice harmonizes his distinct anthropological perspective with an intuitive observer’s eye.

Traylor’s debut exhibition, 10 Toes With His Chest Caved In, premiered at HVW8 Gallery in Berlin in 2018 and has been featured at HVW8 Art + Design Gallery in Los Angeles. The artist has worked on commissioned projects for i-D Magazine, Clash, Supreme, and Know Wave alongside ongoing visual collaborations with musicians Earl Sweatshirt and Maxo.

Exhibitions

  • Anxiety Group ShowAnxiety Group Show (HVW8, Los Angeles),
  • 10 Toes with his Chest Caved In (HVW8, Los Angeles),
  • Brave New Views (HVW8, Los Angeles and Miami),
  • City of Quarts (HVW8, Los Angeles),

Books

  • SOAP Magazine,

Overview

Reggie Helms for i-D Magazine (2021)

Reggie Helms for i-D Magazine (2021)

Reggie Helms for i-D Magazine (2021)

Reggie Helms for i-D Magazine (2021)

Reggie Helms for i-D Magazine (2021)

Reggie Helms for i-D Magazine (2021)

Reggie Helms for i-D Magazine (2021)

Grace Wales Bonner AW22 (2022)Sound on

Supreme Spring Summer / POPEYE Magazine (2022)

Supreme Spring Summer / POPEYE Magazine (2022)

Supreme Spring Summer / POPEYE Magazine (2022)

Supreme Spring Summer / POPEYE Magazine (2022)

Supreme Spring Summer / POPEYE Magazine (2022)

Supreme Spring Summer / POPEYE Magazine (2022)

Supreme Spring Summer / POPEYE Magazine (2022)

Los Angeles, USA for i-D Magazine (2021)

Los Angeles, USA for i-D Magazine (2021)

Los Angeles, USA for i-D Magazine (2021)

Los Angeles, USA for i-D Magazine (2021)

Los Angeles, USA for i-D Magazine (2021)

Los Angeles, USA for i-D Magazine (2021)

Los Angeles, USA for i-D Magazine (2021)

Pink Siifu for i-D Magazine (2021)

Pink Siifu for i-D Magazine (2021)

Pink Siifu for i-D Magazine (2021)

Pink Siifu for i-D Magazine (2021)

Pink Siifu for i-D Magazine (2021)

Pink Siifu for i-D Magazine (2021)

Pink Siifu for i-D Magazine (2021)

Pink Siifu for i-D Magazine (2021)

Pink Siifu for i-D Magazine (2021)

Untitled (2020)Sound on

Maliyah (2021)

Earl Sweatshirt for Supreme (2020)

Earl Sweatshirt for Supreme (2020)

Supreme / WTAPS (2021)

Supreme / WTAPS (2021)

Supreme / WTAPS (2021)

Supreme / WTAPS (2021)

Supreme / WTAPS (2021)

Supreme / WTAPS (2021)

Supreme / WTAPS (2021)

Sage Elsesser (2020)

Chris and DJ (2018)

Chris and DJ (2018)

Damian Marley for A Magazine Curated by Grace Wales Bonner (2021)

Damian Marley for A Magazine Curated by Grace Wales Bonner (2021)

Damian Marley for A Magazine Curated by Grace Wales Bonner (2021)

i-D Magazine / Curated by Arthur Jafa (2021)

i-D Magazine / Curated by Arthur Jafa (2021)

Martine Syms for The Face (2020)

Martine Syms for The Face (2020)

Martine Syms for The Face (2020)

Better World Fragrance House (2021)

Better World Fragrance House (2021)

Yuth (2018)

Yuth (2018)

Maxo for i-D Magazine (2020)

Maxo for i-D Magazine (2020)

NOCTA / Nike (2021)

NOCTA / Nike (2021)

NOCTA / Nike (2021)

NOCTA / Nike (2021)

Supreme / SOUTH2 WEST8 (2021)

Supreme / SOUTH2 WEST8 (2021)

Earl Sweatshirt for CLASH Magazine (2020)

Earl Sweatshirt for CLASH Magazine (2020)

Earl Sweatshirt for CLASH Magazine (2020)

Earl Sweatshirt for CLASH Magazine (2020)

Maxo (2018)

Maxo (2018)

Nipsey Hussle’s Funeral (2019)

Nipsey Hussle’s Funeral (2019)

Nipsey Hussle’s Funeral (2019)

firstdraft (2020)

Supreme / Dickies (2022)

Supreme / Dickies (2022)

Supreme / Dickies (2022)

Supreme / Dickies (2022)

Know Wave (2019)

Know Wave (2019)

Know Wave (2019)

i-D Magazine (2020)

i-D Magazine (2020)

Lauren Halsey for David Kordansky Gallery (2019)

Lauren Halsey for David Kordansky Gallery (2019)

Dime

Dime

Dime

Art Direction for Lil Big Man - Maxo (2019)

Art Direction for Lil Big Man - Maxo (2019)

Art Direction for Lil Big Man - Maxo (2019)

Art Direction for Lil Big Man - Maxo (2019)

Art Direction for Smile - Maxo (2018)

SOAP Magazine (Editor in Chief)

SOAP Magazine (Editor in Chief)

SOAP Magazine (Editor in Chief)

Steven Traylor

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Reggie Helms for i-D Magazine (2021)

Grace Wales Bonner AW22 (2022)

Supreme Spring Summer / POPEYE Magazine (2022)

Los Angeles, USA for i-D Magazine (2021)

Pink Siifu for i-D Magazine (2021)

Untitled (2020)

Maliyah (2021)

Earl Sweatshirt for Supreme (2020)

Supreme / WTAPS (2021)

Sage Elsesser (2020)

Chris and DJ (2018)

Damian Marley for A Magazine Curated by Grace Wales Bonner (2021)

i-D Magazine / Curated by Arthur Jafa (2021)

Martine Syms for The Face (2020)

Better World Fragrance House (2021)

Yuth (2018)

Maxo for i-D Magazine (2020)

NOCTA / Nike (2021)

Supreme / SOUTH2 WEST8 (2021)

Earl Sweatshirt for CLASH Magazine (2020)

Maxo (2018)

Nipsey Hussle’s Funeral (2019)

firstdraft (2020)

Supreme / Dickies (2022)

Know Wave (2019)

i-D Magazine (2020)

Lauren Halsey for David Kordansky Gallery (2019)

Dime

Art Direction for Lil Big Man - Maxo (2019)

Art Direction for Smile - Maxo (2018)

SOAP Magazine (Editor in Chief)

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NOCTA Photographed by Steven Traylor

Los Angeles, USA for i-D Magazine Spring 2021 Photographed by Steven Traylor