History holds a fascination for artists who fall in love with other artists and with good reason, as there’s nothing more fascinating than seeing the tangible artistic representation of two people come to life. Doty/Glasco, a collaborative duo comprised of JR Doty and Joe Glasco, feed this fascination with their articulate, thoughtful pieces.
The origin story of their partnership is as unique as the art they create together. Joe and JR met while studying at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2010 and fell in love. However in 2012, life changed as San Francisco experienced a tech boom and redevelopment ran riot. They were wrongfully evicted from the home they were building together. As rents skyrocketed, they took the opportunity to live differently and embarked on a year-long road trip around America. During this trip they took over 40,000 photographs, working meticulously together to capture every detail of the landscape.
“It was definitely trying at first as photographers are usually lone wolves” JR says. “Fortunately, we are good communicators and are very honest in our relationship...it took about a month of working it out, after that it was smooth sailing. Having to share one camera really changed everything for us; it merged our visions in a way we never could have anticipated. Our success was mutual.”
Doty and Glasco eventually decided to settle in Los Angeles, unable to deny the allure of the developing art scene and have since been creating works based on their extensive photo archive.
Words Imogen Baker