Max Drury is a 16 year old photographer currently in his Junior year at the Institute for Collaborative Education in Manhattan, NY. Max has lived his whole life in the Lefferts Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn, which has been the subject of much of his work. Although Max has made art his whole life, it wasn’t until 2014 that he became serious about photography. His entry was his father who hired him to document his concerts, and Max soon became an avid photographer of the NYC avant garde jazz community.
The 2015 Sebastião Salgado retrospective at the ICP museum introduced Max to documentary photography as art, and subsequent exposure to the likes of Alec Soth, Diane Arbus, and Stephen Shore shaped his practice. In 2016, along with being introduced to film photography, he organized numerous student protests which were covered by ABC, ARD, and Donald Trump. At first attracted to activism through Occupy Wall Street, studying Black Panther Party and the Zapatistas have furthered the social consciousness is intrinsic to Max’ work, which has focused on gentrification and income inequality, along with the complicated dynamics of friendship.
After documenting music in Bogotá for Continuum Arts and Culture, and creating a book of his experience there, the accessibility and physicality of printed matter has attracted Max to the art of zine making. His zines and prints from various projects in the last years were shown in his 2017 solo show with PLG arts.
Max is currently in the ICP imagemakers program, and working on a long term project documenting gentrification in his neighborhood through the lens of a facebook group.
Portrait of Andrew Drury as a half page spread in Drum! magazine, 2015 Retrospective Series on the Intercultural Mannerisms of Bikers shown in BKC gallery, 2016 "Union Square" shown at International Center of Photography, 2016 "Alienormity" and "Union Square" shown at Kind of Collective gallery, 2017 "Bogotá Book" shown at International Center of Photography, 2017 "RESIST" featured on ARD TV special, 2017 Solo Show at Tugboat, 2017 Prospect Lefferts Gardens, and Brooklyn Neighbors zine in International Center of Photography and 8 Ball Community archives, 2018