Kathryn Mussallem
Kathryn Mussallem
Kathryn Mussallem
Kathryn Mussallem
Kathryn Mussallem

I turned a lifelong fetish into an immersive documentary project; spending the last four years traveling around America chasing sailors. I reverse the male gaze and photograph at an intimate distance as I make these full-grown men and heroes nervous. I went from judgmental outsider full of prejudice to a friend, lover and insider. In the tradition of street photography I am on the hunt for salty tales and shenanigans as nostalgia, cliché, and humour guide the viewer through my adventures.

I put on my bright red lipstick, slip on my bright red high heels, I hit the street, I see these boys in white and with giddy excitement I approach… “Hey Sailor! New in town?”

Artist Bios

  • Kathryn Mussallem

    Kathryn Mussallem An exhibiting photographer, printmaker and illustrator with work published and exhibited in Canada, the US, the UK and France. Recent group exhibitions include New York NY, Minneapolis MN, Saint Remy de Provence France and Vancouver BC.

    Recent solo exhibition, Tattoos & Scrimshaw: the Art of the Sailor at the Vancouver Maritime Museum (2013), the Maritime Museum San Diego (2014), currently at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum (2015) and opening at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum in January 2016.

    Receiving her BFA (Photo) and a Master of Applied Arts in Visual Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver BC and a Master of Professional Studies in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York NY.

    Kathryn is currently an instructor of photography, digital media and visual arts at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver BC, Canada.


  • United Photo Industries (UPI)

    United Photo Industries (UPI)

    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.

Hey Sailor! New in Town?

 archive : 2015

Featuring: Kathryn Mussallem

Presented by: United Photo Industries (UPI)
  • United Photo Industries (UPI)


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