Born in 1990, in the countryside of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Laura-Lynn Petrick has practiced analogue photography since the age of sixteen. Inspired by her studies in cinema, Petrick has been directing and shooting with motion picture film since 2012, and created over 40 iconic music videos. She is a graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Popular Culture from Brock University. She is certified in Analog Photography at Ryerson University. Petrick is living and working in Los Angeles, California.
Petrick develops an intimate and empathetic relationship with her subjects. Through her photography she explores both the earthly and the supernatural, capturing naturalistic relationships, kinetic energies, and emotional response. Her work documents the dynamic aura of individuals and the sublime qualities of nature. Her works follows popular culture and contemporary countercultures, specifically music scenes in North America. Her photographs depict the iconography and landscapes of Canadiana and Americana. Her images are ideologically associated with nostalgia, the remembrance of a moment in time. Directly from the film negative, Petrick's versatile work is shot on 35mm, 16mm, super 8 and 120mm, with a standard of naturalness.
Laura-Lynn works closely with musicians and record labels around the globe. She continuously documents their evolution as musicians, working with talents such as Mac DeMarco, Weyes Blood, TOPS, Whitney, Hinds, Allah-Las, Jessica Pratt, Juan Wauters, Alvvays, The Molochs, Day Wave, Homeshake, Michael Rault, Real Estate, Night Beats, Calvin Love, Nick Waterhouse, Tasseomancy, Chastity Belt, Quilt, Anemone, Coleman Hell, Cosmonauts, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Alex Izenberg, Amen Dunes, Zola Jesus, A Place to Bury Strangers, Doomsquad, Tess Parks, Sean Nicholas Savage, Major Love, Frigs, Ben Stevenson, Sunshine & the Blue Moon, Cotillon, Jacco Gardner, STACEY & Connan Mockasin. She has gone on the road, as an ethnographer and tour documentarian with Allah-Las, Juan Wauters, Quilt, Mac DeMarco, Calvin Love, Cotillon, The Auras, Hinds, and Sunshine & The Blue Moon. Petrick has directed, shot and edited over 40 music videos for global record labels, including Capital Records, Universal Music Group, Innovative Leisure, Mexican Summer, Fat Possum, Sinderlyn, Saddle Creek, Arts & Crafts, and Modern Sky. The filmmaker has simultaneously created a roster of avant-garde original music documentaries, with her film De Vida Voz, following the Allah-Las premiering with Live Nation tv and Out in Far Rockaway premiering internationally in the press. Petrick is very passionate about film - she shoots, directs and edits her music videos and films using specialty analog cameras and motion picture film.
In addition to her role as a music documentarian, Petrick has also shot several lookbooks for the international fashion company, American Apparel, and Canadian independent fashion companies Rightful Owner, Untitled & Co, and Penny Arcade Vintage. Petrick recently shot an ad campaign for Cundari Ad Agency, for Meridian Credit Union and a new fashion editorial for The Kit. Recently published in Interview Magazine, Subbacultcha, Wonderland Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Bullett, i-D Magazine, Spin Magazine, RUSSSH Magazine, Village Voice, Bullett, Rolling Stone Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Nylon Magazine, Dazed & Confused, The Washington Post, Toronto Star, NME Magazine, and The Fader Magazine.
Petrick has exhibited her photographs internationally, having over four solo shows between 2012-2014 in Toronto, and a consistent participation in several international group shows. Petrick's shown in galleries in New York, Paris, London, Buenos Aires, Montreal, Thunder Bay, Niagara, Iowa, Gothenburg, and London. She is working with Timeshow Press in France on an upcoming feature photography book. Petrick's first short film, "Superior", shot on super 8 in her birthplace, premiered in Cannes, apart of the 2017 AVIFF Official Selection, as well as in Toronto's Censured in Canada Film Fest and Sicily's MEDFF. Petrick is currently in post production with Porch Media, working on her upcoming short "The Mother Road" and "Voy Mexico", with original Canadian soundtracks from groundbreaking indie artists. Petrick continuously collaborates with artists of many disciplines in her filmmaking.
Petrick is currently working on a feature photography book of her new body of work, exploring landscapes and abstract photography of North America. Fresh after her film's premiere in Cannes, she is now in post-production with a new short film she shot in Italy with writer and co-director Claire Bargout.
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