With the rise of artists like Drake, Justin Bieber, and The Weeknd and producers like Boi-1da and T-Minus, Canada has shown that New York, California and Atlanta aren’t the music industry’s only breeding grounds for talent. Our neighbor to the north has also established itself as a hub for talent and that doesn’t just extend to artists and producers. Toronto-based photographer, Julien Bowry has been displaying his expertise behind the lens for sometime now. Here, he gives Life + Times the stories behind his photographs of The Weeknd, Joey Bada$$, A$AP Rocky and Off-White’s Virgil Abloh.
“This was the first hip hop live performance I had ever shot. Joey is one of my favorite lyricists. At one point, Joey punched my lens. He was performing the next day at a much larger outdoor venue when I showed him the photo backstage. The next day he reposted my image on his Instagram account. This was an important moment of affirmation for me.”