Hip-Hop Action Figures Make for Great Models in Detroit Area Photographer's Side Project

Some things are inspirational. Some things are transformative, informative, awe-inspiring or enraging. Yet, other things are just fun. It was hard for me not to get a giant grin when scrolling through the massive collection of action figure photography that Detroit Photographer Kahn Santori Davison has complied. It’s seriously a hoot.

Copyright 2015 | Image by Kahn Santori Davison | www.ksantori.com

Khan’s Hip-Hop Toy Box is a large photo curation of Davison’s massive ensemble of action figures. Some of it is silly, some of it pointed and satirical, but all of it is fun. I’m a bit of a sucker for action figures myself and have even snuck one or two of them into some Fstoppers articles in the past; so, hopefully, you all will be as amused by this set as I am.

Copyright 2015 | Image by Kahn Santori Davison | www.ksantori.com

It's urban, pop toys, hip-hop action figures and vinyl figures that I decided to put in funny, political, and interesting situations,” Davison wrote on his website. “It’s really nothing more than toy photography with a hip-hop and urban twist.”

Image collections like this can serve as a reminder that photography for most of us began as a documentation of the things that we loved. It certainly should also serve as a motivator to be sure to shoot something just to put a smile on your own face once in a while. Most professional shooters understand the need for personal projects as a form of therapy and this collection is definitely that.

Copyright 2015 | Image by Kahn Santori Davison | www.ksantori.com

Kahn, who spends most of his time as a wedding and portrait photographer, told Fstoppers that he plans to add some stop-motion videos to the next phase of the Hip-Hop Toy Box. 

Check out the entire collection on Kahn's Blog.

What's your latest personal project and what’s your motivation to complete it? Let us know in the comments.

Copyright 2015 | Image by Kahn Santori Davison | www.ksantori.com
Copyright 2015 | Image by Kahn Santori Davison | www.ksantori.com
Copyright 2015 | Image by Kahn Santori Davison | www.ksantori.com
Copyright 2015 | Image by Kahn Santori Davison | www.ksantori.com
Copyright 2015 | Image by Kahn Santori Davison | www.ksantori.com
Copyright 2015 | Image by Kahn Santori Davison | www.ksantori.com
Copyright 2015 | Image by Kahn Santori Davison | www.ksantori.com

All images used with permission

 

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2 Comments

Cornelius van Schaarn's picture

Please don't glorify or promote gangbangers.

Tony Carter's picture

idk...I probably would've enjoyed these more if the action figures didn't look so bad. On the other hand, just shooting that toy Corvette would've been a good prank on us :)