“I’ve been taking photographs since I was in high school. I’ve got a terrible memory and a tendency towards voyeurism. I was also born with a mild binocular vision disorder which means that essentially I have no depth perception and see the world mostly flat, like a photograph. But that’s not really important.
What’s important is that somewhere along the way I formed a rock band with my friends, and found myself in a different city every other day, which made me want to look around even more. Everywhere I am I see tiny moments of a time and of a place that will never be repeated, like film stills from a very, very long film. I take photos of everything because I don’t want to miss anything. And sometimes an image can suggest more than it’s showing, and I need what it evokes to attempt to understand the world, or sometimes laugh or sigh or simply just remember.”
Nick Zinner plays guitar in the three-time Grammy-nominated rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs . He has collaborated and/or performed with Bright Eyes, Santigold, Head Wound City, TV On The Radio, Arcade Fire, Damon Albarn, Ronnie Spector, Paul McCartney, Africa Express, Amadou and Mariam, and more. Nick wrote “41 Strings”, an orchestral piece with over 45 musicians, which was performed in New York in 2011, in 2012 at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Youth Orchestra, and recently was featured as the theme song for HBO’s series VICE. He was a musical co-director and performer in Karen O’s ‘psycho opera’, Stop The Virgens,, which completed a short run in 2011 at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, and in 2012 also at the Sydney Opera House. He has composed for film soundtracks, notably “White Lightnin’”, the Spike Jonze short “I’m Here”, “The Fourth Dimension”, and “Where The Wild Things Are”, where he co-wrote the title song “All is Love” which was nominated for a Grammy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song for a Motion Picture. He has published four books of his photography ,most recently “Please Take Me Off The Guest List” (Akashic). His photos have appeared in The New York Times, Vice, Rolling Stone and more, and have been exhibited all over the world including solo shows in Tokyo, Berlin, New York, London, San Francisco and Mexico City. Before joining Yeah Yeah Yeahs, he studied photography at Bard College with Larry Fink and Stephen Shore, and now lives mostly in New York City .
United Photo Industries (UPI) is a New York based nonprofit organization that works to promote a wider understanding of, and increased access to, the art of photography.
Since its founding in 2011, UPI has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by continuing to showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe. In its first seven years, UPI has presented the work of more than 2,500 visual artists in gallery exhibitions and public art installations worldwide.