Artistic, charming and apolitical, Platon has captured intense and revealing photographs of world leaders. The photographer refrains from passing judgment on these subjects—he invites the viewer to do it.
By Mark Edward Harris, Photography By Platon
In his latest book, Power: Portraits of World Leaders (Chronicle Books), New York-based British photographer Platon gets up close and personal with more than 100 famous and infamous past and present heads of state. The resulting portraits are respectful, insightful and presented without judgment. He leaves that to the viewer and to history.
Ellen von Unwerth blends art, fantasy and fashion in her striking imagery
By Mark Edward Harris, Photography By Ellen von Unwerth
Ellen von Unwerth knows her way around both sides of a camera. The German-born fashion and beauty photographer spent 10 years in front of a lens as a fashion model before moving behind it. The insight gained from this experience permeates the pictures she produces. Her most recent book, Ellen von Unwerth, Fräulein (Taschen), is a collection of female...
Pete Souza has been official photographer to two U.S. presidents. His access and an ability to catch intimate moments enable him to create images that illustrate history.
By Mark Edward Harris, Photography By Pete Souza
In 1846, James Polk became the first president to be photographed, but it wasn’t until the Kennedy administration that the first official White House photographer was appointed. Pete Souza has one of the most unique jobs in the world. He’s Chief Official White House Photographer and Director of the White House Photography Office for President...
Diane Cook and Len Jenshel merge their photographic talents into a singular vision that serves both art and commerce
By Russell Hart, Photography By Diane Cook & Len Jenshel
Photography has its share of artistic tag teams, from the Starn Twins to McDermott & McGough to Kahn & Selesnick. While these duos create distinctive images, it’s impossible to parse each individual’s contribution—to draw a dividing line through their work. Not so with Diane Cook and Len Jenshel. For 20 years, they’ve had...
From his New Mexico base of operations, Michael Clark is a global photographer whose clients have him chasing swells, climbing mountains and braving the elements. In a down economy, Clark is having a banner year.
By William Sawalich, Photography By Michael Clark
Michael Clark wanted to climb mountains and ride bikes and take pictures, so just a year out of college, he left the physics lab and followed his passion. Fifteen years later, here he is, one of the best adventure-sports photographers working today—a master of that passion.
"Pretty much everything I do is driven by my passion," he says....
Connect world-renowned photographer Douglas Kirkland with an iconic, 180-year clothing brand famous for both style and substance, mix in 18 arts, film and music legends, and you get a collection of images that reveals the diverse facets of each
By William Sawalich, Photography By Douglas Kirkland
Douglas Kirkland is a living legend. He has photographed some of the most iconic celebrities of the 20th century—among them, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe—and now he has published a book of portraits centered on an iconic piece of clothing: the parka. Woolrich, maker of the perennial American favorite in winter wear, commissioned...
Angela Marklew is a young, L.A.-based professional whose photography is playful, ironic and full of unexpected elements
By Amanda Quintenz-Fiedler, Photography By Angela Marklew
At first glance, it seems like any other beauty shot. A lovely girl with exquisite features fills the frame, her styled hair atop those perfect features, accented with nude lipstick, subtle eye shadows and dramatic lines of bright-red rouge leading the eye down her cheekbones. On her smooth and bare neck and shoulders, she elegantly displays two mimicked...
Bold, striking and sexy, photographer Jane Queen’s alternative portraiture is a stylistic blend of gorgeous women, vivid tattoos and a modern approach to classic pinup
By David Willis, Photography By Jane Queen
At 12 years old, Dangerously Dolly, as photographer Jane Queen is most commonly known, began her work in the visual arts by teaching herself how to do digital image manipulation long before she ever picked up a camera. She considers January 2009 to be the start date of her life as a professional photographer, and yet less than two years later, her brash,...
Ron Haviv is the epitome of the modern global photojournalist and one of the founders of VII Photo Agency. Along with his travels to faraway nations, he also documents a war zone that’s much closer to home.
By Brian Davis, Photography By Ron Haviv
Imagine a big-city mayor, the chief executive of a city of more than 1.5 million people, giving an historic speech in front of no one. No one to hear his rhetoric or cheer his charges, only a single photographer at his back and his closest confidantes crowded together in a suite. The mayor is José Reyes Ferriz, the photographer is Ron Haviv, and the...
Michael Kenna’s subdued black-and-white imagery offers respite from the world, for photographer and viewer alike
By William Sawalich, Photography By Michael Kenna
When Michael Kenna was a boy growing up in the small industrial town of Widnes, England, he hid pieces of paper around his house, his neighborhood and the local park. He would write his name, the date and some observation to come back to. The idea was to see how long he could wait before going to retrieve the notes. "During the interval,"...
A big fish in a small pond, Brian DeMint takes an unconventional approach to fashion photography in Small Town, USA
By William Sawalich, Photography By Brian DeMint
It’s suppertime when Brian DeMint returns from his 12-hour swing shift at a rural Missouri power plant—unless, of course, he’s working the overnight. He usually grabs a slice of pizza and kisses his wife, but then he gets to work again. Unlike most folks in Joplin who work two jobs, DeMint doesn’t moonlight as a fast-food worker...
Graphic, minimalist and having a penchant for deconstruction, Michael Crichton transforms the mundane into something unexpected
By David Willis, Photography By Michael Crichton
Product photography isn’t what you’d call exciting. You aren’t working with gorgeous models, you aren’t traveling the world, and you aren’t partying with rock stars. What you are working with, however, are lifeless props and a set of clients who expect you to be able to turn plastic bottles into something truly wonderful....