Bio:

Crush Rush is a freelance photojournalist / commercial photographer living in and based out of Columbia, South Carolina. His photographic eye is keen on identifying and capturing the critical finite moments of ever moving human emotion and the natural world. Rush is self-taught but was extremely lucky in his opportunity to work and play along with some of Columbia's greatest photo makers which helped him hone his skills and gain a deeper appreciation for the craft. Known as a social chameleon, Rush constantly engages different types of people from different backgrounds and demographics to find a common denominator in the grand scheme of life. This he feels allows for him to draw inspiration from very nontraditional sources and make images that can be appreciated by many audiences and be used to invoke many different types of feelings simultaneously.

 

Education

2009 Midlands Technical College – Business and Marketing / Minor in Religious Studies.

Memberships

2021 - Current  Able SC Board Member

2020- Current Cayce Arts Guild

2017 - Current National Press Photographers Association

2016 - 2017 Professional Photographers of America

Gallery
2023 Look! Photography Exhibit (Family Connections)
2022 Look! Photography Exhibit (Family Connections)

2021 Hindsight-2020 Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina
2021 Thehallway:Art Gallery (701 Whaley), Columbia, South Carolina

2020 The Jasper Project - Tiny Gallery, Columbia, SC

2020 Photographic Society of SC - 30x30x30, 701 Whaley Columbia, SC

2019 Photographic Society of SC - 30x30x30, 701 Whaley Columbia, SC

2019 The Monsters of Our Time - Frame of Mind, West Columbia, SC

2018 River Bluff Gallery In Main/ Columbi-YEAH, Lexington, SC

2017 River Bluff Gallery In Main/ Columbi-YEAH, Lexington, SC
Books
2015 Live. Learn. Love: A Book of Life

Notable Commercial Clients
Cola Town Bike Collective
City of Columbia
City of West Columbia
Columbia Museum of Art
Beginnings SC
Imagine This Boutique
Flock & Rally
City of Newberry
Engenuity SC
SC Sea Grant Consortium
One Columbia For The Arts
Shades of Pinck (Megan Pickney)
Able South Carolina
Apartment Association of Greater Columbia
Central Carolina Community Foundation
Columbia Economic Development
Experience Columbia SC
Luminal Theater
University of South Carolina
South Carolina Black Pride, INC

Editorial / Publications

Editorial work has been featured in hundreds of publications across the globe. 

Notable Publications:

The Guardian

New York Daily News

The Weather Channel

The State Newspaper
The Free Times

The Marshall Project

Western Journalism
Post & Courier

Buzzfeed

Psychology Today

HuffPost

The American Conservative
Jasper Magazine

RAWSTORY
and many more.

Press:
Growth Summit 2023 - Creative Hustling 101 (Eva Foussat, Lynn Luc, Cait Maloney & Crush Rush)
Growth Summit 2023 - SC Entrepreneurial Event (growth-summit.org)
Look! Exhibit Comes Back to Columbia for Eighth Year (2023)
LOOK! Photo exhibit shows young people with disabilities | wltx.com
Columbia Museum of Art's Binder Podcast Ep. 2 (2021)
Episode 2: The Dam Broke by CMA's Binder Podcast (anchor.fm)
The Hilltop Glove Podcast: Misinformation vs Photojournalism | Crush Rush (2021)
https://hilltopglove.com/crush-rush-the-hilltop-glove-podcast-episode-3/

Jubilee: Festival of Black History & Culture Interview between Cecil Williams & Crush Rush
https://youtu.be/mCVSchAO-pY (2020)

Behind the Lens: 10 Photographers to Watch in Columbia, SC (2020)
Behind the Lens: 10 Photographers to Watch in Columbia SC (experiencecolumbiasc.com)
Frame By Frame Discussion of “Whose Streets” between Crush Rush & Keith Brinkmann (2020)
https://www.facebook.com/100271628486357/videos/1096190620840495

WISTV Community Awareness Interview (Richland Library Artist in Residence Crush Rush) (2020)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ds6CiX03GWc

Country Fried Rock (United for Justice – Crush Rush) (Podcast Interview) (2020)
https://countryfriedrock.org/crush-rush-2008/#.YD7Qlk6SmUk
WISTV “Witness to violent punch during Columbia protest helps the victim to safety.
www.wistv.com/2020/06/04/witness-violent-punch-during-columbia-protest-helps-victim-safety/

Historic Columbia “Documenting History, Local Photographer Steps Into Time Machine” https://www.historiccolumbia.org/blog/documenting-history-local-photographer-steps-time-machine
Ten Jaw-Dropping Images From The Historic East Coast Flooding (2016)
https://weather.com/news/weather/news/jaw-dropping-images-east-coast-flood

Allen University to host symposium on the Black press and Civil Rights on March 31, 2022 - The HBCU Advocate (2022)
www.thehbcuadvocate.com/allen-university-to-host-symposium-on-the-black-press-and-civil-rights-on-march-31-2022/

Awards / Special Recognitions

Free Times’ Best of Columbia
– “Best Photographer” 2021

Free Times’ Best of Columbia – “Best Photographer” 2020

Free Times’ Best of Columbia – Best Instagram Runner Up 2019

Able South Carolina – Commendable Award 2019