Cody Greco (b.1994) is a fine art and commercial photographer born and based in Toronto, Canada. Upon graduating from the University of Toronto with a degree in Communications & Information Technology and Political Science, Cody turned his passion for photography into a profession and has worked in visual arts ever since. Cody has a love for photos uncut from any particular field and is happiest while looking at life through his lenses.
Inspired by old things and the craftsmanship behind them, one of Cody Greco’s most distinguished series focuses on the magnification of vintage matchboxes from around the world. Designed to highlight the small details, like the fibres in the matchsticks, Greco loves to capture the minute and finite and blow it up in the hopes it can be properly appreciated.
Greco, also fascinated with creating stark contrasts between the natural and un-natural, began his ‘Animalia’ series as a way to highlight unique animal characteristics within man-made conditions. By photographing animals on bright, fluorescent backgrounds, he hopes to highlight the often-remarkable contrast of a green camouflaged snake or Caiman crocodile and the bright colourful backgrounds they rest upon. He also loves to showcase how unnatural the natural can often be, as seen in the dreamlike beauty of a shiny blue frog. At its forefront, Greco’s goal is to show you the world in a way you might not have seen it before, from the head of a single matchstick, to a striking snake, he wants you to see beauty in the things you might not have thought beautiful before.
"In my work I try to take a minimalistic and refined approach while having an obvious subject that stands out from its background. By limiting the number of distractions in the frame, it really forces viewer to see what I want to show them. I spend a lot of my time researching my ideas and working through different challenges until my vision comes to life. What I love about photography is that I can express myself in a way that resonates with viewers. I love that no matter what I’m shooting, whether it's landscapes and wildlife or a new series of magnified cassette tapes, I can take something beautiful and freeze it in time. Ultimately, I want to show my audience what the world ooks like in my eyes and photography allows me to do that."
Applied Arts Photo Annual 2020: Applied Arts Magazine
Applied Arts Photo Annual 2018: Applied Arts Magazine
PDN Photo Annual 2017: Photo District News
Outstanding Photograph 2016: University of Toronto
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