Vanessa Feder

Junior Editor at Unrated.

Chris Maggio’s Exaggerated Photography Captures the Very Real Heat of Summer in New York

Chris Maggio flips our understanding of documentary photography with his sometimes candid, sometimes staged street photography compilations. The New York-based shooter has fun merging the truths and performed aspects of everyday life in order to tell a visual story representative of often outlandish occurrences. In a humorous photo series dubbed “Hot as Hell in Manhattan,” Maggio captures a scorching hot day in the boisterous metropolis outside of his door. While trying to decipher exactly how hot he’s talking, we are left giggling and in admiration of the expressive captures he has left with us.

In summary, it’s a hot ass day in NYC. But the way Maggio takes you through the journey in order to land upon such a conclusion is what makes him such a mastermind. As seen below, the images exaggerate the narrative of the day being both blinding and sweltering. His choosey use of lighting and editing allow his imagery to share questionably truthful accounts of exhaustion and a baking sun. Thanks to Maggio’s clever photography and sense of adventure,  “Hot as Hell in Manhattan” exudes personality with an inkling of comic relief. Since creativity generally means ditching the rule-books, we are loving how Maggio taps into his imagination to exhibit art. Head to his website for other series and enjoy the following brilliance below.

Vanessa Feder

Junior Editor at Unrated.