Smith & Wesson 9mm Auto
Ongoing series capturing handguns of the world in extreme detail. The images are a photographic ode to Robert Longo's Body Hammers charcoal drawings. These photographs are not intended as a political statement, despite proving a forum for conversation. Rather, they study the technical and scientific elements of guns, highlighting the underlying beauty in their design.
“We have always been fascinated by handguns and what they represent: ultimate power and personal protection. We decided to photograph them as you might photograph a powerful person. As we started shooting them we could see flaws in their construction. These imperfections interested us, connecting us back to these images as “portraits”. We want people to look closely and examine the flaws and imperfections of something so powerful, so dangerous”.
While completing an undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Communication Culture and Information Technology in 2005, Lusztyk learned to shoot in commercial photography studios in Toronto’s East End. He opened his own studio, and by 2011 was instructing upper-year students in digital photography and studio practice at the Sheridan College.
Lusztyk’s body of work includes advertising, location, portrait, still life, and landscape photography. He is known for his detail-driven, large scale series capturing urban highway interchanges, sublime geographic studies, and minimalist handgun portraits. When he is not shooting on location, Lusztyk works from his Toronto based studio. Lusztyk’s work has been exhibited in North America, Asia, and Europe. He is the winner of 4 consecutive Communication Arts Awards, PX3 Paris Photography Award (2012), the IPA International Photography Award (2012), and is the 2013 recipient of the 2013 Applied Arts (AACE) Photographer of the Year Award. Past clients include Audi, Bayer, KPMG, Amex, The Globe and Mail, National Geographic, Esquire, and Wired.