J-F Vergel is a Paris born, New York City based photographer. Self-taught, his work has been shown in two solo shows in NYC in 2008 and 2009. In 2010 he was chosen to participate in Curate NYC’s Emerging Artist Show at the RUSH Gallery. In 2011 two photographs from the Web Cam Performers series were included in the New York Photo Festival’s juried “Provocation” show at the PowerHouse Arena in DUMBO. Also in 2011 a photograph from the Web Cam Performers series was included in two Curate NYC online galleries curated by Chad Stayrook of the Bronx River Art Center and by Kira Pollack, photography editor at TIME Magazine¬.
J-F Vergel has been aguitarist and composer since the mid 1970s. He is currently writing songs and performing with his new band, Vagabond Hearts fronted by Edward Rogers with Don Piper on guitar, Boris Kinberg on drums and percussion and guest bassist, JD Foster. In the past, he has played and performed in numerous punk and rock-n-roll bands including The Blessed, The Waldos, Sylvain Sylvain, off-Broadway with Sandra Bernhart and Rogue’s March. During his nearly thirty five year musical career he has shared the stage with Johnny Thunders, Tony Shanahan (Patty Smith), Tony Garnier (Bob Dylan), James Mastro (Ian Hunter), Tammy Lynn (The Rolling Stones), Matt Hensley (Flogging Molly) and a host of other great musicians.
Since 2007, he has focused on a full time career in photography, relying on freelance commercial and corporate work to support his true interest in the art.
Drawing on his varied experiences as an entertainer, architectural designer, draftsman, renderer, as well as a classically trained chef, J-F Vergel has a drive to experiment with the limits of media. In exploring what photography can express, he executes projects with a keen eye for aesthetics and biting insight into modern life.