Philip Montgomery, born in California and based in New York, uses photography to closely examine the social issues of our time. In his practice, he combines the observational strategies of documentary photography and the aesthetic approaches of fine art photography. In 2020, he was named Foam Talent with his project Flash Points.

In 2016, he was named Documentary Photographer of the Year by the LEAD Awards. In 2018, he was the recipient of the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation Grant and awarded the Ellie Award for his work chronicling the opioid epidemic. Philip is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and The New York Times Magazine.

Foam Talent 2020: Flash Points by Philip Montgomery © Foam. Photo by Christian van der Kooy
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Listen to Philip Montgomery in Foam Talks

On the occasion of Foam Talent 2020, Foam curator Mirjam Kooiman host Foam's monthly podcast Foam Talks and speaks to Philip Montgomery and Kathy Ryan, Director of Photography of The New York Times Magazine in the episode Picturing Tragedy.

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read more in Foam Magazine #55: Talent

In 2020, Philip Montgomery was one of the twenty selected artists for Foam Talent, the annual open call for young photographic talent.

In his series Flash Points, Philip Montgomery closely examines a variety of social issues present in everyday life in his home country, the United States of America.

He combines a documentary, black-and-white photographic approach with a more cinematic aesthetic. The result are scenes that capture everyday Americans in moments of grief, anger, euphoria, fear and relief.

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