Vincent Laforet: Cross-Dissolve

Vincent Laforet’s visual life is in transition. The Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer has emerged as a standard-bearer for a new generation of still and motion digital storytellers.

Vincent Laforet has always been in pursuit of a good story. There were times when this passion took him to a flooded New Orleans where the stench of death and despair were almost overwhelming. Sometimes, he found himself surrounded by the near-deafening cheers of spectators at the Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Then there were moments when the search... Read more

James T. Murray: Inside & Out

Whether he’s shooting on the studio tabletop or in the urban landscape, James T. Murray brings an artist’s eye and a craftsman’s touch to his photography

Why, after a long day of working for commercial clients, would a successful photographer want to keep shooting once he steps out the studio door? In the case of James T. Murray, the answer is plain to see in the pictures he makes when a day’s gainful employment is done. Murray is a tabletop virtuoso who creates visually stunning still lifes for... Read more

Dean Bradshaw: The Digital Ninja

Dean Bradshaw’s irreverent commercial photography stylistically blends a disarming sense of humor with a technical mastery of retouching and compositing

Southern California-based photographer Dean Bradshaw began his career as a field biologist in the Australian outback where he spent most of his time finding snakes and lizards. Following a natural career trajectory forward into commercial photography, the Perth transplant moved to the U.S. only a short time ago, and yet the photographer’s impeccable... Read more
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Joel Grimes: True Grit

Joel Grimes redefines his edge with bold celebrity and commercial portraiture that has kept him in high demand

A few years ago, Joel Grimes hit the reset button. He had come to a crossroads of sorts in his career. For several years, his bread and butter had been shooting portraits with a 4×5 view camera using Polaroid Type 55 film. His assignments took him all over the world as he was working for big-time advertising agencies on behalf of big-time companies... Read more

Greg Gorman: Beyond The Frame

For more than 30 years, legendary celebrity and fine-art photographer Greg Gorman has created images for l.a.Eyeworks. The campaign is noteworthy for its longevity and the instantly recognizable style of the pictures themselves.

At what point does an advertising campaign transcend its goal of selling a product and become a piece of art? Perusing the pages of Greg Gorman’s new book FRAMED (Damiani, 2011), it’s obvious that the California-based photographer has the answer. For more than 30 years, he has been creating iconic portraits of movie stars, performance artists,... Read more

Michael Dweck: Forever Young

Pulling together spontaneous shoots and making the most of the unique look of film, Michael Dweck captures fleeting glimpses of youth

Michael Dweck is a photographer with a vision. But if you call him that, he’ll protest. Not about the vision, but the label; he prefers the term "visual artist." The other carries too much baggage. "We’re entering a time when people think downloading Instagram on your iPhone makes you a photographer," he says, "and... Read more

Scott Markewitz: Go Large Or Go Home!

Scott Markewitz is one of the top outdoor sports photographers in the world. He takes a studio photographer’s approach to shaping light and applies it to action sports.

It’s not everyone who can mount successful back-to-back careers in separate, highly technical, highly competitive industries, but that’s exactly what Scott Markewitz has done. His first career was professional snowskier, but these days he photographs skiers—as well as runners, bikers and just about anyone else involved in action sports... Read more

August Bradley: 99 Faces Of Occupy Wall Street

August Bradley goes viral with a personal project that was simple to execute and brought immediate media attention

As the Arab Spring showed us just this last year, communication has become, for all practical purposes, instantaneous. Sharing images, thoughts and words with a global population has become as simple as running a Twitter account, and because of it the world of photography is meeting a new class of citizen photojournalist. Still, despite a middling... Read more

Gerd Ludwig: Living With Chernobyl

Gerd Ludwig has studied this Russian nuclear meltdown for 25 years, photographing the place and the people whose lives it has affected

I’m scrolling through a powerful collection of photos on my iPad. The pictures depict a strange place, clearly abandoned in an instant. Some scenes are familiar, even archetypal: a tree growing inside a schoolroom, an orphanage populated only by gas masks and abandoned teddy bears, workers donning science-fiction-style hazmat gear. The pictures... Read more

Sanjay Kothari: Shanghai Transformations

Sanjay Kothari traded the frustration of NYC’s photography market for China’s cosmopolitan, vibrant commercial center. The move has given him a level of creative freedom that wasn’t possible in the U.S.

The scene is set against the spectacular backdrop of Guilin’s karst mountains along the Li River in China. A traditional bamboo raft floats above water in the foreground with a rowing fisherman on one edge and a cormorant bird on another. Perched on the raft as if in their most natural setting are a Kohler vanity and bathtub in which a model is... Read more

Howard Schatz: With Child

Howard Schatz’s 20-year study of the pregnant female form in black-and-white

Howard Schatz has children to thank for some of his best work. A physician, Schatz converted his dining room into a photo studio in 1987 when his second child, Jessica, went off to college. "From the time I was in medical school, I’ve had a camera," Schatz says, "and I have made pictures. So this gave me the opportunity to really... Read more

Douglas Dubler: Master Of Balletic Motion

Douglas Dubler’s work with dance and ballet began almost 40 years ago. His latest images capture the beauty of the art through meticulous timing, lighting and artistic vision.

Motion and stillness—two elements of the dance that must be carefully balanced and interwoven to create compelling choreography, and that must somehow be captured and expressed in compelling dance photography. While readers of this magazine know Douglas Dubler for his striking fashion and beauty work, he also has been experimenting with new ways to... Read more
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