JUSTIN TYLER CLOSE is a director / photographer hailing from Toronto, Canada, residing in Los Angeles, CA. He studied film in art school, after which he spent time developing his directing career working on music videos — as one does — and started his own print publication, THE LAB MAGAZINE — which sold in galleries, boutique shops (Colette, Paris), museums (MOMA), hotels (ACE Hotel) and bookstores in over 25+ countries.
It’s with the magazine that Justin got his first taste in the advertising world, working directly with brands on their campaigns and helping forge connections with talent featured in the book including; Bryan Cranston, Willem Dafoe, Lykke Li, Wes Anderson, Marina Abramovic and more.
Following the success of LAB magazine, Justin produced the feature film, IN THEIR SKIN, written by his brother Josh Close and starring Selma Blair, James D’arcy, and Rachel Miner. The film premiered at the 2012 Tribeca International Film Festival where it was acquired by IFC Films for widespread theatrical release.
After this and a move to Los Angeles, Justin began directing commercials and was nominated for the 2015 Cannes Young Director’s Award for his work on a series of films for Saucony called “Seeker Stories.” Recent notable work includes “The Man Who Could Fly” from MasterCard, and Chevrolet’s recent “Canadian Dream” - most viewed campaign in 2017.
A fine artist first, Justin has the uncanny ability to tell cinematic stories on the humblest and grandest of scales, and he’s nothing if not driven by the opportunity to make everything as beautiful and moving as goddamn possible. He’s currently in development on a new project called Institute of Weather, where he’s launching a eco-conscious fashion label where he's designing uniforms for artists.
Soft Citizen (Canada)
Boogie Nights (France)
For Photography + Art Inquires