About Justin Scalera

Justin Scalera is a multi-faceted photographer, specializing in architectural, documentary, and event photography. Actively making photographs since grade school, Scalera went on to, and is currently, studying fine art photography at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY.

Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in the fall of 2012, Scalera made local and national news for his documentation of the destruction caused by the storm. Producing and selling a book entitled The Perfect Storm: A Visual Representation of the Jersey Shore in the Shadow of Hurricane Sandy, Scalera sold over 5,000 copies of the book, donating $10,000 of the proceeds to local businesses and organizations that were affected by the storm. 

Early works of Scalera's depict the ruined architecture of America's forgotten and abandoned infrastructure. Known for traveling to and venturing into places most people would not dare, Scalera captured images that both intrigue and disturb. But it was not just the allure and adventure of exploring abandoned asylums and factories that interested him. It was the elegant, historic architecture he encountered.

Scalera went on to use his skills of documenting deteriorating architecture to forge his career as a prominent architectural photographer, specializing in the documentation of decay. Scalera spent the summer of 2017 working for the Smithsonian Institution's Office of Planning, Design, and Construction creating a visual record of the deterioration to the various museums and facilities run by the Smithsonian.

Justin Scalera's work has been described as showcasing both sudden destruction, and the slow destruction caused by time. From the documentation of aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, to the documentation of the slow decay of forgotten buildings, destruction has been an integral part of Scalera's work. But this destruction has always been the result of an outside force and he has just put his camera in front of it. In his current projects, he is taking that destruction into his own hands by experimenting and altering the analog film process.


Justin is available for a variety of different commisioned shoots, from architectural to weddings. He can be reached at justin@justinscalera.com, or by filling out the form on the Contact page.


Portfolios of the photographers who took the accompanying images can be found by clicking on their names below their respective photographs.