The High School Standard

Photographer Danko Steiner Glorifies Youth’s Hesitant Faith

  • Photography: Danko Steiner

For his latest SSENSE editorial, photographer Danko Steiner reimagines the classic high school portrait. Corporate shoulders stage the imminent burden of structure, paired with the rebelliousness of buffed leather boots. Set against a blanched background, the items are coaxed to life as one might a sensitive subject. Owning awkwardness is almost better than having none. The tension of being a spot-lit muse is a balancing act, setting out to blur the lines of a new standard.

  • Photography: Danko Steiner
  • Styling: Ana Steiner
  • Casting: Rachel Chandler
  • Model: Izzy Adams / Midland Agency