Rain, 2008

My first love was drawing.
Since childhood, I’ve always painted and scribbled in sketchbooks.
Over time, the sketchbooks became photo diaries... 


GEORGIA IC25 x H(OUR) Objects


Arc’teryx x Nicole McLaughlin


Nicole McLaughlin and I hung out for three days straight.
She showed me her work process in her Brooklyn studio and then we drove to her childhood home in the same town where the Sopranos was filmed.
In true Italian fashion, her mom made us soup for lunch.
It was amazing. 


Lysergic acid diethylamide and Psilocybin mushrooms, 2015

No one ever believes me when I tell this story but when I made these two photographs, I had never tried hallucingenics. Why did I want to photograph illicit drugs? Why the fuck not? I asked everyone I knew if they had psychedelics on hand and one friend came to my rescue and allowed me to take some pictures of their stash. I had already understood its visual effects from my research and I was fascinated by the concept of altered states of consciousness. Am I seeking enlightenment? Not really. I just wanted to see bright colors and feel a little funny. Is this TMI? Probably, who cares.

Mold Magazine

I’ve photographed Jack Meriwether too many times. I lost count. We met at a friend’s holiday party and that night, we both got stick-and-poke tattoos. I’m not that big on tattoos and neither are they. My favorite thing about them is that they’re a talented poet and are always constantly changing their physical appearances. 

Amy is a photographer, artist.

Based in New York City, will travel.

Select clients: Academy of Natural Sciences, Arc’teryx, BARRON’S, Bloomberg Businessweek, The FADER, MOLD Magazine, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Need Supply, Sony Music Entertainment, SSENSE

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