Angela Boatwright, born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, survived her Midwestern adolescence by listening to heavy metal and photographing her skateboarder friends. After moving to New York at the age of 18, she started shooting hardcore shows as well as a new crowd of skateboarders in the city.
After being published in several xeroxed music fanzines, Angela’s first photo published in color was for Thrasher, and she shoots for such magazines as W, New York Magazine, Spin, Vibe, Vice, Nylon, Seventeen and countless others. She’s also shot advertising for American Express, Rock Band, Miller Genuine Draft, Converse, Truth and spent almost three years working for Urban Outfitters, shooting more than 15 of their catalogs.
Angela worked at Mass Appeal from 1997 to 2005. Originally hired as photo editor, she was quickly promoted to creative director where she produced projects working alongside such visionaries as Beastie Boys, Ed Templeton, Tobin Yelland and Alife. As an extension of her work at Mass Appeal, in 2002, Angela created Killer of Giants, an agency that represented up and coming artistic talent as well as curated and produced art shows around the world. This culminated in her 2006 show “200 Troubled Teenagers,” which featured her work alongside friend Patrick O’Dell and showcased teen heavy metal and skateboarding youth. Opening in NYC, the show traveled to the downtown Standard in Los Angeles and Colette in Paris.
Even after all of her success, Angela still has close ties to the worlds of skateboarding, graffiti, music and has developed a huge network of young kids– many like her former Ohio-teen self– that she includes in her photography. Her most recent personal project involves documenting such thrash metal bands as Toxic Holocaust and Skeletonwitch on tour, from live shots to fan portraits. Angela is currently represented by PMI photo agency and is in the process of producing her first documentary film. While she often lives out of a suitcase, her home base is New York City.
This virtual gallery was presented as part of the 30th anniversary Stussy x Ricoh GRIII Digital camera project.