Photo series of reality TV hopefuls

“Reality Wanted” is an ongoing project by former Star Magazine art director and now photographer David Kimelman, who is photo-documenting “a series of portraits of individuals who hope to be cast on a reality television show.” He provides minimal direction to each subject and none with regards to pose or their clothing. As a result, in a manner he subverts the scripted nature that actually frames all “reality” shows. Further, reality TV cast members are synonymous with societal outliers, and yet when browsing through Kimelman’s gallery of fame seekers, one is struck by how “normal” a vast majority of them seem.

If you are seeking your moment of reality TV fame and want to be photographed, email the artist with a photo of yourself at: casting (at)