Ari Marcopoulos (b. in 1957 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands; lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, USA). Since arriving in New York from his native Holland in 1979, Ari Marcopoulos has documented the diverse subcultures of American youth. His photographs and videos depict the brash vitality of underground music and the rebellious athleticism of extreme sports. ln a body of work that demonstrates a rare empathy for his subjects, who are almost always young men or boys, Marcopoulos neither patronizes tentative expressions of identity nor romanticizes youthful freedom. His straightforward portraits and lush snapshots capture everyday moments of beauty and anxiety, becoming, as he says, "something that just stands for life lived." Marcopoulos' work has been the subject of exhibitions at New Orleans Museum of Art, USA; Berkeley Art Museum, USA and Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, the Netherlands, among others. His work is included in public collections such as USA Berkeley Museum of Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; New Orleans Museum of Art; and Switzerland Fotomuseum in Winterthur.