And Now For A Very Different Kind Of Cosplay Gallery

And Now For A Very Different Kind Of Cosplay Gallery

A stylised take on some photos from the 2022 New York Comic-Con

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We post galleries from major cosplay shows all the time, and they’re always excellent, but for the recent New York Comic-Con one photographer wanted to do things a little differently.

Wanting to try something beyond just taking nice photos, veteran photographer Andrew Boyle (disclaimer: I wrote the foreword for his book) thought that for this year’s show he’d try to make the cosplayer “the sole focus” of his work.

“After my cosplay photo book ‘Heroes & Villains’ came out in 2017, I thought I’d relax it up a bit with the subject matter, but it kept pulling me back; the effort, the enthusiasm and the sense of community amongst the costumed fans, Boyle tells Kotaku. “I shoot in a uniform style inspired by the portraits of Richard Avedon, so that the sole focus is the subject without background distraction.”

“I also work in collage pieces and motion, and I wanted to integrate a unique hand made feel for each selected subject. For some, I used cut out pieces that referred to the character, others were repetition of shapes, or color blocking with paper and textures. It was a way to differentiate from other cosplay photography, all of which has its own approach, and take a different feel to celebrate all the effort and energy the NYCC crowd brings. Plus, I love reading the reactions people have to seeing themselves portrayed in such a way.”

The result is this heavily-stylised gallery which, by removing the usual convention background, really lets each cosplayer, their outfit and their performance shine.

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Everything, Everywhere, All At Once

Everything, Everywhere, All At Once

Cosplayer: alexinthecupboard as Jobu Tupaki

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Scream

Scream

Cosplayers: Madge and Drew as Drew Barrymore and Ghostface

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Marvel

Marvel

Cosplayer: Jason as Galactus in traditional Hindu wedding coat

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DC

DC

Jamal as Lex Luthor

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Handmaid’s Tale

Handmaid’s Tale

Oneida as Pearl

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Stranger Things

Stranger Things

Elijah as Eddie Munson

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Star Wars

Star Wars

Meghan, Steven and Mel as Sith Princess Leia & Red Guards

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The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

Ru as Ursula and Vanessa

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Power Rangers x TMNT

Power Rangers x TMNT

Amir as Green Power Ranger Shredder

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Marvel

Marvel

Casey as Eternity

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Garbage Pail Kids

Garbage Pail Kids

Sam as Adam Bomb

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DC

DC

Justin as Lobo

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Fartman

Fartman

Clark as Fartman aka Howard Stern

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Disney

Disney

Able as a Disney Carousel

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Halloween x Austin Powers

Halloween x Austin Powers

Scotty as Micheal Myers & Mike Myers

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Kiki’s Delivery Service

Kiki’s Delivery Service

Rachel as Kiki

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Street Fighter

Street Fighter

Aiesha as Cammy

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Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus

Joshua, Tom and Philip as The Sanderson Sisters

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DC

DC

Mic as Mister Freeze

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DC

DC

Alex as Peacemaker

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Marvel

Marvel

Ariel as Doctor Strange

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The Sandman

The Sandman

Adam as Dream

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Marvel

Marvel

Erin as Chainmail Iron Man

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Marvel

Marvel

James as Daredevil

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Masters Of The Universe

Masters Of The Universe

Matt and Randy as Battle Armor Skeletor and He-Man

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Marvel

Marvel

Will as Doctor Doom

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