First-Person Shooter was a regular photo essay series that aimed to offer brief vantages into the lives of compelling and strange subjects from all over. Conceived by Zach Sokol, who oversaw and edited every installment, and spearheaded by photographer Julian Master (a real OG finesser!), the column published every other Saturday on VICE.com.
There were over 25 editions of First-Person Shooter, several of which garnered the highest traffic out of any article on VICE.com during the month they published. Subjects ranged from a professional clown/magician doing birthday party rounds in New York City, to a helicopter pilot who snapped pics from the skies of New Zealand.
Other installments featured a knife-maker, a glass bong-blower, a sex worker at a fancy brothel in Las Vegas, a self-described “neighborhood superhero,” a group of paparazzi chasing down Rihanna, and even a newspaper delivery guy on his morning route in Bosnia. Subjects were picked intentionally because they weren’t trained photographers. The series intended to ask, What if you don't want photos of interesting people, but rather snapshots of what the world looks like to interesting people?
For more of Julian Master’s work, visit his website here