THE MYSTERY OF – The Sanchez Brothers in conversation with Adam Leith Gollner
28th April 2023
Carlos and Jason Sanchez met Adam Leith Gollner over 20 years ago at the brothers’ first-ever photo exhibition and immediately became lifelong friends. Fast forward to the present day: Carlos and Jason have become award-winning filmmakers, photographers, and screenwriters. Adam is now a celebrated writer, having authored books of literary non-fiction while also working as an investigative reporter for the likes of Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and GQ. The three of them recently collaborated on a new book showcasing the brothers’ work, paired with an in-depth interview and essay by Adam. They invite you to join them for an intimate talk between friends, exploring the brothers’ evolution from art school beatniks to acclaimed artists. The Sanchez brothers’ work is part of many public collections, including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the National Gallery of Canada, Le Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Foam_Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam, among others.
Carlos and Jason Sanchez photograph meticulously staged scenes. Imbued with eeriness, a sense of suspense, and sometimes explosive sensationalism, their images are mystery stories that detonate in the mind of the viewer. Through the intricacy of their custom-built sets and chosen locations, as well as a masterful use of lighting and precise composition, the brothers freeze enigmatic moments from broader narratives that are never fully revealed.
The Sanchez brothers premiered their debut feature-length film, Allure, in 2017 at the Toronto International Film Festival which went on to win multiple awards. They wrote and directed the film that starred Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Evan Rachel Wood. That same year they contributed an installation piece for Le Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal’s major exhibition Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything.
The Sanchez brothers’ work is part of many public collections, including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the National Gallery of Canada, Le Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Foam_Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam, among others.
Adam Leith Gollner is the author of The Book of Immortality, The Fruit Hunters, Wildness, and Working in the Bathtub. He has written for The New York Times, The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, The Smithsonian, The Guardian, GQ, and The New Yorker.