For the politician, see Austin H. Young.
Austin Young (born April 12, 1966) is a photographer and film maker currently based in Los Angeles. Young has worked as a photographer since 1985. Young's work has created an encyclopedic documentation of sub and trans culture in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. His short videos have over 12 million hits on YouTube. He is co-founder and one half of the collaborative art group, Fallen Fruit.
His subjects include Sutan Amrull, Jackie Beat, Leigh Bowery, Dame Edna, Peaches Christ, and Jeffree Star. His celebrity portrait subjects include Oliver Stone, Sandra Bernhard, Simon Cowell, Cassandra Peterson, Margaret Cho, Perez Hilton, Ryan Cassata and Amy Poehler. He has also directed videos for Jeffree Star, Jackie Beat's band Dirty Sanchez (band), and shot musicians like Siouxsie Sioux, Deborah Harry, Jane Wiedlin, Diamanda Galas, Jessicka, and Semi Precious Weapons.
Young is one of the creators of the open-source Tranimal Workshop events, launched in 2009 at Machine Project in Los Angeles. The concept of the Tranimal Workshop was a collaboration between by Young, Squeaky Blonde and Fade-Dra, with the participation of artists including Mathu Andersen, Jer Ber Jones, Andrew Marlin, and many others. The events have since taken place in museums across California, including the Berkeley Art Museum and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.
Young'solo art exhibit 'YOUR FACE HERE' took place on January 29, 2011 at Pop tART Gallery. This exhibition allowed Young to open his lens onto the public. Young established his art studio for a 5 week residency at Pop tART Gallery in Los Angeles. The public was invited to participate as the subject of the exhibition through the purchase of the pop cultural real estate of the gallery walls. The unveiling of Young's 'YOUR FACE HERE' portrait series took place March 12, 2011.