Whether or not you recognize the name Phillip Toledano, you’ve probably seen his photographs. Born in London and living in New York City, Toledano has put together an impressive collection of images, two series of which have been published in 2005 and 2008.
Focusing on subjects from all walks of life, the images are as Toledano himself puts it, “odd”. Phone sex operators, portraits of gamers and images of deserted, bankrupt offices are only the tip of the iceberg. His “Hope and Fear” collection caricatures the “external manifestation of the internal desires and paranoia that are adrift in America”. The collection is shocking, grotesque, but rather than wanting to look away from his shots, it is instead quite difficult to take your eyes off of them.
Toledano’s work has made its way around the internet thanks to sites like Digg, where his newest collection titled “Days with My Father” currently has 1234 Diggs. After his mother’s sudden death, Toledano decided to collect photographic memories of his 98-year-old father. The intimate photo essay documents the daily life of George Toledano, who suffers from short-term memory loss. “Days with My Father” is a beautifully written and photographed story, presented with a quirky and intuitive Web site and well worth the look.