BJ and Richeille Formento are a husband and wife duo who first met on an assignment back in 2005. As their romantic relationship grew, so did their collaborative effort as photographers. Within the past few years, the couple transitioned away from fashion photography and moved towards fine art. We absolutely love their work.
This dynamic team have made an art of their unique strain of photography. Exuding an atmospheric sensuality combined with a narrative cinematic sensibility, their work reminds us strongly of David Lynch.
2012 was a breakthrough year for them. They were nominated top finalist to Vogue’s New Exposure Competition working with Bottega Venetta and Red Digital Camera. Vogue Italia have included their work in Corso Como exhibitions the last two consecutive years singling them out of thousands of candidates. Amazing response from the shows at Art Basel Miami Beach, Aipad and Armory NYC. Solo exhibitions across Europe starting in Paris, London, Berlin, Stuttgart and Dusseldorf. Their work also been exhibited in New York at Traffic Art Space and Edelman Arts Gallery in February 2013. The most notable event this year is the publication of their first coffee table book by YK editions, as well as a film to promote the book which has been shown this fall at the Pompidou in Paris. Fahey Klein Gallery has offered them the coveted summer slot and the inaugural exhibition of Japan Diaries. A Photo Shanghai booth dedicated to their works Circumstance, September 2014. The inaugural exhibition of “She is Cuba” at Art Miami 2014 was received with great applause as well as the celebrity studded opening at Miami Fahey Klein and Chrome Hearts during Art Basel 2014.
BJ Formento was born in Hawaii and grew up in the Philippines, studied in San Francisco and moved to New York in 1999. Richeille Formento was born in London and attended the prestigious Central St. Martins College of Art before working as an art director and designer in the fashion industry.