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Austin Young
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Born (1966-04-12) April 12, 1966 (age 58)
Occupation fine art photography
Video artist
Installation artist
New media arts

Austin Young (born April 12, 1966) is an American photographer, film maker and new media artist based in Los Angeles, known for both celebrity portraits and documentation of sub and trans culture. Young is co-founder of Fallen Fruit, an art collective that uses fruit as a common denominator for public engagement and collaboration.


Since 1985, Young has been documenting pop, sub, and trans culture while playing with the themes of camp (style), celebrity, gender and identity through portrait photography and film.

Young is one of the creators of the open-source Tranimal Workshop events, launched in 2009 at Machine Project in Los Angeles. The concept of the Tranimal Workshop was a collaboration among Young, Squeaky Blonde and Fade-Dra, with the participation of Mathu Andersen, Jer Ber Jones, Andrew Marlin, and others.

Young's solo art exhibit “YOUR FACE HERE” took place on January 29, 2011 at Pop tART Gallery. Young established his art studio for a five-week residency at Pop tART Gallery in Los Angeles.

Features and shorts

Young's film projects include:

Year Title Type Notes
2003 Hadda Brooks: Queen of the Boogie Feature Film Co-director with Barry Pett
2013-2015 TBD, The Musical Feature Film, Musical Creator, Director
2006-2021 The Worm Short, Series Directed, Creator by Austin Young, with Nadya Ginsburg
2005 Queen Please Directed by Austin Young, with Margaret Cho, ... Davis and Jackie Beat
Fish Power Short with Margaret Cho and Selene Luna and Johnny Smith
The Stroke Short Co-directed with Barry Pett,
Portrait of the Infamous Boom Boom Short Director
Portrait of Selene Luna Short Director
2021 Jump Cut #3 - THEM Short Director, with Alaska, Willam, Laganja, Peaches
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