NEWS///RIP///IN LOVING MEMORY OF PHOTOGRAPHER SHAWN MORTENSEN 1966—2009

April 16, 2009  |  art, Feature, LA, News, RIP

shawnmortrip1shawnmortrip2

It is truly with a heavy heart that we must break the news that one of Supertouch's dear friends, photographer SHAWN MORTENSEN, passed away last nite. A kinetic force of optimism and seemingly limitless positive energy, Shawn's hearty career as a photojournalist and artist took him around the world several times over, unselfishly spreading his endless supply of good vibes as he went. Particularly renowned for his portraits of musicians, artists, and entertainers, Shawn photographed a stunning array of pop culture demigods in his 20+ year career including Keith Haring, Tupac, Henry Rollins, James Brown, The Notorious BIG, Bjork, Jun Takahashi, Leo Fitzpatrick, Christopher Wool, Mark Gonzales, Ed Ruscha, Vivienne Westwood, The Bad Brains, Dash Snow, Grandmaster Flash, Neil Young, MIA, John Lee Hooker, Nigo, Sofia Coppola, Agnes B., Sonic Youth, The Beastie Boys, Keith Richards, Chloe Sevigny, The Foo Fighters, Everlast, Kraftwerk, Wu Tang Clan, and The Sex Pistols, to name but a few. Shawn was also a successful commercial photographer who worked with clients like SUPREME and NIKE, and publications like VIBE, and I-D Magazine, where his streetwise eye was a highly prized commodity. Within the artistic community of his homeland of Los Angeles, Mortensen was a local legend whose constant presence at weekly art openings was a staple of the scene, his favorite Polaroid camera always in hand. At the time of his death, 43-year-old Mortensen was working on a series of new artwork titled "M.O.R.= Monsters!, Outlaws, & Renegades" set to debut at SPACE15TWENTY in Los Angeles in June of this year, and a collaborative photo-based T-Shirt line with Hollywood fashion brand BARRACUDA. Our hearts go out to Shawn's family during this difficult time. Needless to say, Shawn may be gone, but he will not be forgotten. For newcomers to Shawn's work, his excellent book, "Out of Mind" is a must-have reference. HAVE A LOOK:

shawnmortrip5

shawnmortrip4

shawnmortrip7

shawnmortrip6

shawnmortrip8

shawnmortrip9

shawnmortrip11

shawnmortrip10

shawnmortrip12

shawnmortrip13

shawnmortrip14

shawnmortrip15

shawnmortrip16

shawnmortrip17

shawnmortrip18

shawnmortrip19

shawnmortrip21

shawnmortrip20

shawnmortrip22

shawnmortrip23

sshawnmortrip3

shawnmortrip24

shawnmortrip25

shawnmortrip26

SOME OF THE LAST PHOTOS EVER TAKEN OF SHAWN WITH FRIENDS MIGUEL DE LA BARRACUDA AND SHEPARD & AMANDA FAIREY:
smimg_0220

sml1100558

sml1100559

Share via emailShare on TumblrSubmit to reddit

Comments are closed.