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Autoportrait en poulpe, 2009 by David Favrod

An entrancing, sometimes hallucinatory collection of images, Gaijin is a tool in photographer David Favrod’s quest for identity.  The Second Edition 2012 Hot Shot and Aperture Portfolio Prize–winner has lived in Switzerland for most of his life, but was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and Swiss father; he created Gaijin after the Japanese embassy in Switzerland denied his citizenship request.  “The aim of this work is to create ‘my own Japan’ in Switzerland, from memories of my journeys when I was small, my mother’s stories, popular and traditional culture and my grandparents’ war narratives,” says Favrod.

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Male Centerfold, 2012 by Pacifico Silano

Through his photo and video work, Pacifico Silano explores LGBTQ history and how it has shaped contemporary gay identity. By creating imagery with Al Parker, one of the most famous gay porn stars of the 1970s, Silano has created an unconventional series of portraits that memorialize and draw attention to a lost generation of gay men. “The process of making these new pictures and reworking images from the past has allowed me to catalogue and emphasize a neglected history, one that is imbued with my own fantasies of a place and time that I never lived through,” he says.

Silano is one of five exceptionally talented photographers included among our Second Edition 2012 Hot Shots. Learn more about the Hey, Hot Shot! photography competition.