Calvin Hyde: Pure talent

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The Queens photographer is next up

The talented NY/LA photographer known as Calvin Hyde has captured some of the premier artist and influencers of our generation at a young age. While photography is his source of happiness now, Hyde, who is the son of a photographer, wasn’t always in love with the art. In fact, he despised it. “My dad would turn our home, no matter how small it was at the time, into a photo studio and I’d watch him work from time to time,” He says. “As a kid I hated it. I never thought I would be doing he same thing 23 yrs later.” It may have taken a while, but Calvin Hyde has stepped into his fathers shoes. With his ability to capture the true essence of people and urban landscapes, it’s clear the family trade is in good hands.

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Photo by Roland Hyde

“As a kid I hated it. I never thought I would be doing the same thing 23 yrs later.”

Hyde gained his buzz capturing gritty images around New York City and soon built up the courage to take a leap of faith and bring his talents to Los Angeles. In LA, he linked up with prominent figures such as Siya and the R&B singer Tank, whom he became a personal photographer for. “Really talented guy and really good person as well,” He says. “I learn a lot from him and I feel blessed to be in this position.”

“I like that I can photograph what’s on the inside of you rather than the outside”

As he has transitioned into being more of a pro, Hyde has had to make adjustments such as perfecting flash and light equipment. The time he puts in on his craft though, is all worth it when he sees his clients reactions. “I’ve been told a few times from different clients that before seeing their photos, they’ve never seen themself in such a way,” He says. “I like that I can photograph what’s on the inside of you rather than the outside, if you know what I mean.” His ability to capture the true emotion and character of a person or situation, is perhaps the reason for Hydes fast rising success so far.

“If they let me on that floor I will do some amazing shit.”

Before he found his lane in photography, Calvin Hyde had hopes on being a pro basketball player. His next goal is to bring things full circle, and make the league with his camera in hand. “I still love the game and if I could take epic photos of some of the greatest players in the world, that would be really cool to me,” He says. “If they let me on that floor I will do some amazing shit.” A confident claim for such a young talent, but judging by his portfolio and his progression thus far, it wouldn’t be wise to bet against him.

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