Los Angeles-based, self-taught photographer Diana Mantis has been shooting since the age of 13. Inspired by artists like Francesca Woodman and Ralph Eugene Meatyard, she started in borderline surrealist photography and self-portraiture, before switching gears to a more photojournalistic approach. Over the past few years, she has spent her time photographing rodeos in Southern California, as well as shooting musicians throughout the US and the UK. Straying from the glamorous look of fashion and headshot photography that dominates the LA scene, Mantis instead uses a different approach, exploring these environments and creating time capsules as a silent observer, while allowing her subjects to be revealed as they truly are in a more lifelike and relatable way. Her work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Nylon, US Weekly, ROGUE, Golf & Spa, and others.


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