"I’m well built for being a commercial photographer." —Steve Giralt, from his blog
Being a generalist can be tough. Photographers are constantly being told to refine our specialties into tighter and tighter niches, becoming not just food photographers, but the specialists who shoot only potato chips, for instance. How can someone...
The Stillmotion group’s storytelling approach to wedding videos and photography brought them massive commercial attention
By David Willis, Photography By Stillmotion
Whether shooting a wedding video or a high-profile, yearlong campaign, the Stillmotion collective’s concentration has always been on what matters the most: telling the story. Owned by three of its members, Amina Moreau and her husband, Patrick, and then later their partner, Justin DeMers, the group started merely as two budding documentarists...
With a new book available, MARKUS + INDRANI have had some time to reflect on their past while exploring exciting new directions for their future
By David Willis, Photography By MARKUS + INDRANI
At the end of October, Markus Klinko and Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri’s very first book of images will be published. Icons: The Celebrity Exposures of Markus and Indrani (Running Press) is a watershed moment for photography’s number-one power couple, illustrating in many ways how they have matured alongside digital photography over the last 17...
Using cutting-edge RED cameras for his still + motion shooting style, Carlo Dalla Chiesa is a lawyer-turned-photographer, cinematographer, director and digital entrepreneur. He enhances his subjects instead of trying to impose a style upon them.
By Christopher Robinson, Photography By Carlo Dalla Chiesa
When you walk onto the lot at Smashbox Studios in West Hollywood, Calif., Carlo Dalla Chiesa is immediately recognizable. His tall frame is accented with a stylish flair, and a thick accent betrays his Italian background. Transplanting himself from Europe to the United States wasn’t even close to the biggest move he has made in a career that began...
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.
By Ibarionex Perello, Photography By Vincent Laforet
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...
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
By Russell Hart, Photography By James T. Murray
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...
Dean Bradshaw’s irreverent commercial photography stylistically blends a disarming sense of humor with a technical mastery of retouching and compositing
By David Willis, Photography By Dean Bradshaw
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...
Joel Grimes redefines his edge with bold celebrity and commercial portraiture that has kept him in high demand
By Kim Castleberry, Photography By Joel Grimes
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...
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.
By Mark Edward Harris, Photography By Greg Gorman
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,...
Pulling together spontaneous shoots and making the most of the unique look of film, Michael Dweck captures fleeting glimpses of youth
By William A. Sawalich, Photography By Michael Dweck
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...