Background

Marco Bhimani (aka bastardartist) is a Los Angeles based fine-art photographer, known locally for his stylized portrait work with LA’s underground hip-hop artists, punks, graffiti writers, gangbangers, street racers, and all the disassociated dissidents aimlessly meandering through the undercurrents of LA’s urbanized shrouded street.

Marco began shooting video and documentary portraiture over 20 years ago and hasn’t stopped since. He has aimed his artistic sights to a revealing and unflinching glance of the gritty rawness of uninhibited flesh, pushing the protruding lens into the subversive while riding the fine line between art and misanthropy.

FILM OVER FOOD was my way of life in between the years of 2005 and 2008. I was more concerned with having film in my refrigerator than food. FILM OVER FOOD was the artist’s struggle, my struggle, my life…

I created a mass of work in between this time – starving and being famished comes easy to me. My life has always been a struggle and eating has consistently taken the backseat. FILM OVER FOOD is and will be a constant reflection of that…

Key points:

  • Los Angeles native
  • 20+ years of solid documentary work
  • Traditional film photography
  • Full-frame, no cropping
  • Street credibility
  • Visionary

Work includes documentary and lifestyle photography and video work from 1993 to present:

  • Illegal street racing
  • Illegal graffiti bombing
  • Hip-Hop shows / Events
  • Addiction / Recovery / Relapse
  • Poor living conditions
  • Gutter punks / Runaways / Hobos
  • Gender identity
  • Eating disorders (EDNOS)
  • Prostitution
  • Pain and suffering
  • Death

Documentary and lifestyle work / Reporting in the following areas:

  • Southern California (LA County, Inland Empire & San Bernardino County)
  • Northern California (San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland & Alameda)
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Las Cruces, NM
  • Houston, TX
  • New York (Spanish Harlem, Queens & Manhattan)