World renowned photographer Justice Howard’s work has appeared in over 50 hardcover books and thousands of magazines internationally including French Vogue, Cosmopolitan, People, Newsweek, Jane, In Touch Weekly and Skin Two. Howard’s work has been exhibited at more than 60 galleries as well as many museums across the U.S. and Europe.
64 of the rooms in the upscale Lord Balfour Hotel in South Beach, Florida contain 30 foot wall murals of her art. The Tattoo Bar in Washington, DC also displays 40 of her pieces in 6 foot light boxes.
Marilyn Manson, Billy Idol, Dave Navarro, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Dick Dale have all also spent time in front of Howard’s lens as well as hundreds of other celebrities. Her subjects read like an “artistic wish list”. Nominated as one of the top 10 tattoo photographers, she has been compared to Annie Liebowitz and Herb Ritts and is often referred to as “the female Helmut Newton.”
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Doing Justice (Howard) to the Female Form ...by Paul Gaston
Artists from Da Vinci to Modigliani to Vargas to Geiger have sought to capture the essence of woman as art, each viewing their subject through the filter of their era, culture and aesthetic sense. While they used palette and brush to construct their images, photography opened the window to an alternate reality so to speak, the snap of the camera shutter capturing a precise and unique moment in time and according to some societies, capturing the very soul of the subject.
You could say that L.A. wunderphotog Justice Howard has accumulated a world of souls, her archives now writhing with some 500,000 high impact images. Her high profile subjects have included a wide spectrum of celebrities from pin-up legend Mamie Van Doren to Sybil Danning and Xene Cervenka and Mia Tyler to a host of Penthouse pets and Playboy playmates. Her internationally acclaimed work, often of an erotic yet empowering nature, has appeared in some 25 countries via gallery exhibits, book anthologies and magazines the latter running the gamut from French Vogue to Esquire to Easyriders. In addition her art is prominently displayed in a well-known Washington D.C. watering hole, The Tattoo Bar, also appearing on billboards in Las Vegas where her subjects have included the Blue Man Group and Siegfried and Roy while also sought by Disney to promote their films.
Speaking from her 2,500 sq. ft. studio in Redondo Beach, CA, when asked to describe a normal day at work, she replied, "Last night I was photographing a girl covered in blood and ripping raw meat, so I dont have too many normal days". We then learned she had art directed the photo shoot for an L.A. gallery art show centered around the mysterious Chubracapra aka "goat sucker," a bizarre beast that has been draining the blood from various animals around central and South America.
Asked to sum up her photographic style/philosophy, she says, "Call it edgy, call it distinguishable, from high-end fashion shoots to dark-edged kitsch. As far as subject matter, Ive always shot women as art. I learned photography from the ground up first as an apprentice. I just didnt pick up a camera and start shooting like some do. That would be like picking up a scalpel and start performing operations and I doubt you'd go to a surgeon like that" Coincidentally, her photos have been described as "visions that are visceral and razor sharp, vibrant and crisp, supernatural and intense."
On the technical side she says, "While I was a traditional film person for many years spending hours in the darkroom developing my own prints, I moved on to digital and adore it although I still rely on my Hasselblad camera for film." One look at her images seen here and her mastery of the artform is obvious, whatever the method. Like they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, especially when Justice is holding a camera.
In addition to her focus on the female form, she has photographed a wild spectrum of men including leading bands and rockers from surf guitar legend Dick Dale to Eric Burden to Dave Navarro and Marilyn Manson and Billy Idol. Famous or not, she is also available for individual photo shoots if youre looking for something special. For more information log onto www.justicehoward.com
or call Justice personally at 213-820-5587.
QUOTES FROM FRIENDS
"Justice Howard is a visionary provocateur." ..........PLAYBOY
"She is a celebrant of all that is best in the art life of our culture." ...........CLIVE BARKER
"The best photographer who ever pointed a lens at me." ....WAYLON JENNINGS
"I decorated my house with her photography. She's one of my favorite artists.".......DAVE NAVARRO
"She spots composition in the curve of a thigh and can put operatic grandeur in the position of an eyebrow." ...MAMIE VAN DOREN, pinup legend
"In the realm of photography her senses reign supreme.".....SYBIL DANNING, actress
"When you want the best. You go to the best." .....DICK DALE
"This is the first time I have to agree with my old fashioned dad!"..JIMMY DALE
"Looking at Justice Howards art is like getting sucked into a sexy whirlwind of razor blades, glass and opium. Dangerous as Hell. Euphoric as Heaven." ......TIM HEITKOTTER
"Her images are well-though-out-scenes from movies that don't exist beyond the mind of this well-respected photographer. Appearing as more than mere models, her subjects seem like dark characters from a noir thriller with a secret to hide.".....AMERICAN CINEMATOGRAPHER
"Justice Howard, her camera, her style, her artistic ability and all that Justice is, are forces to be reckoned with. I have never looked so wonderful" ......SEKA
"Howards recent work transcends the bizarre, going beyond glamour and commercialism to the subliminal places where desire, violence and sensuality are illuminated by her dark, razor-sharp vision"..PUSH magazine
"This stylish & unique photographer captures a beguiling mixture of power & beauty."......FEMME FATALE magazine
"Justice Howard is a creative genius whose imagination teamed together with her ability can make anybody look cool. In a few words, shes rock n roll attitude on film!"......ARMANDO HUERTA
"Her uncompromised work standard & breakthrough vision have earned her a seat at The Round Table with photographic greats Helmut Newton & Robert Mapplethorpe.".....EROTICA L.A.
"Justice Howard's photos are intense explorations into the human condition via light & shadow. Each image becomes a looking glass to see more deeply into ourselves."..........JOHN GILMORE
"Its almost the story of Cinderella. Justice started out as a model who had more brains than most, and now she's a world-class artist." ....SECRET MAGAZINE, Europe
" Her originality and macabre sense of humor are always on display. The final products are unique and inspired, and different from any other!"
......SIRENS of CINEMA magazine
"Knows cool before its cool, and then shoots it." .......STUDIO 54