Todd Selby

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Todd Selby
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley
Occupation(s)photographer, illustrator, film maker, author
Years active2001 - present
Known forPhotography, Illustration and Film Making

Todd Selby is a photographer, illustrator, and author. [1] He is a style photographer who shoots the interiors of cultural figures’ homes worldwide. [2] According to the New York Times "he is becoming a kind of Horst of the hip set." [3] Todd is "famous in Korea." [4] and has been called an "Interior Genius" by Japan's influential Casa Brutus Magazine. [5]



Selby attended University of California Berkeley where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies Summa Cum Laude , Phi Beta Kappa.

The Selby

Todd's photography is featured on his website and often portrays the homes of prominent indie musicians, artists, designers, and actors. [6] The purpose of The Selby is to capture interesting people in their creative spaces. [7] Mr. Selby started the project, he said, because of his curiosity about the ways personal space reflects personality. “I’ll see an interesting character and think, what does their apartment look like?” . [8] Abrams has published three coffee-table books of his photography. [9] [10] [11] He owns his own film production company that specializes in authentic video content for social media and television for clients such as McCann Worldwide, Wayfair, ADT and Michaels. [12] Selby has also collaborated with Apple, [13] Nike, Habitat and Louis Vuitton, [14] American Express, Microsoft, Sony, Airbnb, Hennessy, Ikea, eBay, Heineken. [15] For years people in the know have "been getting our interior fix on his awesome site featuring characters from all over the world." [16] He has been called one of the internet's most famous photographers. [17] “I’ve always been fascinated with people,” he said. “So my work is always about people. When I photograph homes, I like to think of it as being a space that’s very connected to the people that live there. I’m not an architectural photographer or an interior photographer per se. It’s always about the people and what it says about the people who live there.” [4]

Todd is a self-described maximalist, he said he has scaled back on flea market visits since beginning the project and being exposed to so much stuff. [3] “I see people who have these amazing collections and I love it,” he said, “but I love coming home to a blank slate.” [3] Selby (who has also photographed for Nytimes T Magazine) is among a new breed of chroniclers less interested in meticulously composed, Architectural Digest-worthy studies of how people decorate than on-the-fly snapshots of how people actually live. [14] “I try to focus on humanity and people’s creativity, and on spaces that reflect that,” Selby said of his run-and-gun mission. “So no antiseptic, modern spaces that tell you nothing about the people who live there.” [14] Those people can be anyone from Pharrell Williams, Karl Lagerfeld or Michael Stipe to the cute bohemian couple down the street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. [14] “I never want to shoot someone just because they’re famous,” Selby said. “That’s so boring to me.” Instead, the focus is on style — in private space, in clothes, in tchotchkes, in the great drifts of stuff that spill out of closets — and how it an express a person's substance. [18]


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