- Sam Abell
- Shelby Lee Adams
- Leigh Andersen
- Amy Arbus
- Mark Atteberry
- Janet Baker-Richardson
- Joe Baraban
- Allan Barnes
- Michelle Bates
- Peter Bennett
- Sherrie Berger
- Mark Berndt
- Phil Borges
- Joe Buissink
- Joanne A. Calitri
- Bambi Cantrell
- John Paul Caponigro
- Thatcher Hullerman Cook
- Tony Corbell
- Cherie Steinberg Coté
- Paola M. Davila
- Meredith Day
- Will Dunniway
- Rose Eichenbaum
- Blue Fier
- Ed Freeman
- Isabel Gomes & Lawrence Gund
- Rolando Gomez
- Michael E. Gordon
- Greg Gorman
- Edon Gottlieb
- Lauren Greenfield
- Mark Harmel
- Mark Edward Harris
- David Alan Harvey
- Ron Haviv
- Martin Herrera
- David Honl
- Scott Jo
- Amanda Keller-Konya
- Douglas Kirkland
- Bobbi Lane
- John Lichtwardt
- Rick Loomis
- Jasmine Lord
- Mary Ellen Mark
- Ken Merfeld
- Arthur Meyerson
- Astor Morgan
- Craig Mohr
- Frank W. Ockenfels 3
- Manuello Paganelli
- Andrea Passarella
- Jamie Redmond
- Lorne Resnick
- Philipp Scholz Rittermann
- Yvette Roman
- Marissa Roth
- Josh Sanseri
- Kevin Scanlon
- Stephen Schafer (Schaf)
- Wally Skalij
- Norma C. Smith
- Aline Smithson
- Eddie Soloway
- Andrew Southam
- Maggie Steber
- Carsten Steinhausen
- Art Streiber
- Scott Stulberg
- Mary Virginia Swanson
- Joyce Tenneson
- Rebecca Truszkowski
- Alex Webb
- Rebecca Norris Webb
- Rex Weiner
- David H. Wells
- Nevada Wier
- Byll Williams
- Zoe Wiseman
- Larva X
- Natalie Young
Sam Abell’s thirty-year career has been dedicated to achieving artistic expression through documentary photography. He has pursued his goals primarily through his lengthy, in-depth coverage for National Geographic magazine and its Book Division. At the same time, he has maintained a career as an artist, teacher and author. His numerous book credits include The Life of a Photograph, Seeing Gardens and The Photographic Life, to name a few. His most recent book Amazonia was published in January, 2010 to coincide with an traveling exhibition of images organized by the University of Oregon Art Museum. He is currently at work on a sixteen-volume set of books titled The Sam Abell Library due in the fall of 2010.
Shelby Lee Adams
Shelby Lee Adams’ (www.shelby-lee-adams.blogspot.com) work encompasses over 35 years photographing his friends and diverse subjects in the Appalachian mountains of Eastern Kentucky. His work has been published in three monographs: Appalachian Portraits (1993), Appalachian Legacy (1998), and Appalachian Lives (2003). The subject of two documentary films, his work appears in over 50 national and international public collections and numerous private collections. His published portrait assignment work includes, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Fast Company, Kid’s Wear, GQ, Fortune, and ESPN, among others. Says Shelby of his Appalachian portraits, “These portraits are, in a way, self-portraits that represent a long autobiographical exploration of creativity, imagination, vision, repulsion and salvation. My work has been an artist search for a deeper understanding of my heritage and myself, using photography as a medium and the Appalachian people as collaborators with their own desires to communicate. I hope, too, that viewers, will see in these photographs something of the abiding strength and resourcefulness and dignity of the mountain people.”
Originally from Nashville, Leigh Andersen has been working in the photo industry in Los Angeles since 1998. With over a decade of experience, Leigh has worked for celebrity syndication agency Icon International, and photo agencies Montage and Brooklyn Photo Group. While an agent at Montage she managed the careers of Nino Munoz, Art Streiber, Sheryl Nields, Rankin, Marc Baptiste, Warwick Saint, Brian Bowen Smith and Jim Wright, among others. Prior to becoming an agent in 2004, Leigh worked as a studio manager, photo editor, producer and archivist. Her approach to artist management is curatorial in nature with an emphasis on coaching her artists to see, build and bill themselves as a brand, and placing focus on both short-term success and long-term career goals. She is currently the Managing Director of iCreate Agency, a boutique agency based in Los Angeles and aligned with parent company Hollywood Studios International, where she represents both photographers and music video directors.
Amy Arbus (www.amyarbus.com) has published four books, including the award winning On the Street 1980-1990 and The Inconvenience of Being Born. The New Yorker called her most recent, The Fourth Wall, her masterpiece. Her photographs have appeared in over one hundred periodicals around the world, including New York Magazine, The New Yorker, People, and The New York Times Magazine. Her advertising clients include American Express, SpotCo, Nickelodeon and Saatchi & Saatchi. She teaches portraiture at the International Center of Photography, Maine Media Workshops and The Fine Arts Work Center. Amy Arbus is represented by Anthropy Arts and The Amador Gallery in New York, Clic Gallery in St. Barth and The Schoolhouse Gallery in Massachusetts. She has had twenty-two solo exhibitions worldwide, and her photographs are a part of the collection of The New York Public Library and The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Mark Atteberry (www.idyllicphotography.com) is highly respected as a marketing expert in the Entertainment Industry and is one of the nation’s top headshot photographers. BackStage West Magazine and L.A. Casting Directors recently chose him as the “Best Headshot Photographer in L.A.” Mark brings to his classes his many years of experience as a professional photographer, actor and director. As a photographer his client list includes BigLots!, A&E, Warner Brothers and Universal Studios. Mark has shot for most of the top talent agencies in the world including ICM, WME, CAA, UTA, Paradigm and Endeavor. As a professional actor Mark has acted in over 100 commercials, television shows and feature films.
Janet Baker-Richardson (www.jbrphoto.com) worked for many years as a producer of television commercials. After the birth of her child, she left the crazy world of travel and long hours to become a portrait photographer. During this time, Janet had the opportunity to return to school and work along side some of the world’s best portrait photographers. She has won numerous awards for her work including top honors in The Wedding and Portrait Photographer International competitions, competing against thousands of entries. Her work has appeared in Rangefinder and the book Best of Children’s Portraiture, published by Amherst Media. Janet has taught at photography schools around the country, including the Julia Dean Photo Workshops and the Maine Media Workshops. Janet currently lives in Los Angeles, California, with her family.
After receiving his BA in Journalism, Joe Baraban (www.joebaraban.com, www.joeshoots.com) ventured out into the freelance world and never looked back. For the past forty years, Joe has shot professionally for clients from Coca Cola to Hennessy, Cessna to United Air Lines and Boeing, and from Microsoft to IBM and HP. His editorial assignments have included National Geographic, Life, Texas Monthly, Time, Geo, Newsweek, and the New York Times Magazine. A sought after speaker, he has taught photography extensively at the Maine Photographic Workshops, the Santa Fe Workshop and the South Florida Workshops, in addition to continuing education classes at Rice University in Houston, Texas.
Allan Barnes (www.allanbarnes.com) is an editorial and fine art photographer from Detroit, Michigan. With a MA in Photography from Ohio University, he has worked as a photographer and educator for 22 years. He has taught photography extensively at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI, the University of Michigan-Flint, and the Roeper School in Birmingham, MI. Allan’s work has been exhibited widely in numerous locations and his client list includes the New York Times, Detroit Free Press, Spin and Metropolis Magazine. He teaches photography at the Art Institute of CA-Hollywood.
Michelle Bates (www.michellebates.net) has been shooting with Holgas since 1991. She teaches and lectures around the country, including Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle, Academy of Art, Maine Media Workshops, and the International Center of Photography in New York. Her images have been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions internationally and published in several magazines and books and on many websites. She is the author of Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity, the first comprehensive guide to the plastic camera genre, published by Focal Press, now in its 3rd printing.
Peter Bennett is the owner of Ambient Images (www.ambientimages.com), a stock agency specializing in New York, California and Environmental images, and has been shooting stock photography for over twenty-five years. He has survived by adapting to changing markets and constantly seeking out new and timely subjects to shoot. Peter’s love of photography goes back to his Grandfather, a studio photographer on the Coney Island Boardwalk and his father who traveled the country with a medium format camera in the 1940’s. Peter has been working digitally since 1992, setting up his first stock photo website shortly after, and has spent many years consulting individuals and agencies in digital imaging and workflow. His books include: New York City: A Photographic Portrait, Our San Diego and Only in Los Angeles.
Sherrie Berger (www.sherrieberger.com) is a photography industry professional with extensive knowledge in the fields of editorial, commercial and fine art photography, high-end celebrity portraiture, production, marketing and public relations. After a career at ABC television, where she led the west coast network photo department, Sherrie joined Corbis, one of the world’s leading international stock and syndication agencies, to direct the west coast activities of the high-end celebrity portraiture division known as Corbis Outline. She now heads her own photography consulting practice, where her clients range from one-on-one portfolio reviews and career coaching to events, marketing and public relations campaign management. Sherrie is a member of the Publicists of the International Cinematographers Guild of America.
Mark Berndt (www.markberndt.com) is a fine art and commercial photographer whose work celebrates the circumstance of life through environmental portraiture and documentary visual narrative. With 30 years of experience as a photographer and commercial director, Mark brings his experience and expertise as a visual storyteller to every image. “Digital” since 1993 and an accomplished fine art digital printmaker, he has taught photography and digital imaging at Art Center College of Design, in private workshops and individual consultation.
For over 25 years Phil Borges (www.philborges.com) has been visiting and documenting indigenous and tribal cultures around the world. His work has been collected and exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide and his award winning books have been published in four languages. In 1998 he joined Amnesty International to present Enduring Spirit, an exhibit and book celebrating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Phil is Founder / President of Bridges to Understanding (www.bridgesweb.org) an on-line classroom program connecting children from indigenous and tribal cultures with their contemporaries in North America through digital storytelling. Phil teaches and lectures internationally and is co-founder of Blue Earth Alliance, a non-profit organization that sponsors photographic projects focusing on endangered cultures and threatened environments. His current project, Women Empowered, focuses on the empowerment and changing role of women in cultures around the world.
Joe Buissink (www.joebuissink.com) photographs weddings all over the world and has over the years been a favorite wedding photographer among many celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Brendan Fraser, Kelsey Grammer, Hillary Swank & Chad Lowe, Christina Applegate, Jenny Garth & Peter facinelli, Christina Aguilera and more. Joe’s photography is about capturing the moments, and the essence of the person in those moments. His work redefines wedding photography, and has been described as “Fine Art” by his most notable celebrity clients. In 2003, Joe was awarded the International Leadership Award in Photography by the International Photographic Council at the United Nations. In the release of their new program Aperture, Apple selected Joe in 2005 to be their spokesperson for the Wedding Industry. World-renowned in the photographic field, his teachings have taken him on an international platform from Japan and Australia to England, Scotland and Ireland as well as in the United States. Joe’s work is published regularly in InStyle Weddings, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, and People Magazine.
Joanne A. Calitri
Joanne A. Calitri (www.jacphotointernational.com) is an international documentary photographer who loves to photograph the world and its amazingly diverse peoples. In front of her lens are world-class business leaders, performing artists and man in his world. Her high profile clients include ROSCO, Inc., the Castle Saunderson Project (Ireland), Scouting Ireland, The Navy League of the United States – Santa Barbara Council, Shell Oil and Conoco Phillips. She has worked for renowned nature photographer Mark Muench and Getty Images Sports Photographer Al Bello. On faculty at Brooks Institute of Photography for 8 years, she taught Commercial Advertising, Location Lighting, Lighting People and Photoshop. She was also a primary thesis advisor for students in the MS and MFA programs. Joanne holds an MPA from Suffolk University, Boston where she was awarded the prestigious School of Management Fellowship and membership in the Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society.
Bambi Cantrell (www.cantrellportrait.com) has been photographing in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years. Her passion for capturing the decisive moment and her subsequent creative style have made her a household name in the photographic industry. Among her many accomplishments, Bambi Cantrell was honored in July 2008 by the Russian Federation of Professional Photographers, and was presented with the prestigious “Golden Eye” award; an award only given 10 times in the history of the organization. In 2007 American Photo Magazine named Bambi Cantrell as one of the “10 Best Wedding Photographers in the world.” Ms Cantrell was honored by Microsoft Corporation in 2006 by being named the first woman “Icon of Imaging” in their elite Icons program, and to this day provides photographic educational training to photographers worldwide. In 2003 the United Nations honored Bambi Cantrell with its ”International Leadership Award,” and in 2001 Bambi was honored with “The Lifetime Achievement Award” the highest honor given by The Wedding Portrait Photographers International Organization. In addition to being an internationally recognized photographer, Bambi Cantrell is also an accomplished author. Her three best selling educational books, The Art of Wedding Photography, The Art of the Digital Wedding, and The Art of People Photography, all published by Watson-Guptil continue to inspire and educate people around the world.
John Paul Caponigro
John Paul Caponigro (www.johnpaulcaponigro.com) author of Adobe Photoshop Master Class and the DVD series R/Evolution, is an internationally renowned artist. A contributing editor for Digital Photo Pro and Camera Arts and a columnist for Photoshop User and apple.com, he teaches workshops both privately in his studio and at select public venues. A member of the Photoshop Hall of Fame, a Canon Explorer of Light, and an Epson Stylus Pro, his clients include Adobe, Apple, Kodak, and X-Rite.
Thatcher Hullerman Cook
Thatcher Hullerman Cook (www.thatchercook.com) (www.pictographers.org) is a documentary photographer based in Maine and New York. His clients are primarily humanitarian aid and development organizations that work with refugees and other people affected by war, economic upheaval, and natural disasters. His clients include international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the United Nations, which have sent him on assignment to over fifty countries. In 2008, Thatcher co-founded Pictographers, a consulting firm offering customized storytelling and branding solutions to organizations and corporations working in the developing world.
In his high energy career, Tony Corbell (www.corbellproductions.com) has photographed three U.S. presidents, 185 World Leaders, 65 Nigerian Heads of State, about 600 brides and grooms, a couple of NASA astronauts and lots of famous and not so famous faces since he began in 1979. He is the recipient of the highest honor from the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International with their Lifetime Achievement Award and achieved the status of Photographic Craftsman from the Professional Photographers of America. In 2005, Tony received the “Photographer of the Year” Award from the International Photographic Council of the United Nations at a ceremony in New York at the U.N. and the PPA National Award from the Professional Photographers of California. A prolific lecturer, in 2007/08 Tony spoke to over 8,000 photographers in 36 cities including London, Glasgow, Dublin, Toronto, Mexico City, Sydney and many more U.S. cities. 2009 will again be busy with Tony traveling to London, Germany and many other cities discussing lighting and image editing. Tony has always been active as a student and a teacher of photographic education. His book, Basic Studio Lighting, published by AmPhoto, has been popular worldwide and is the basis for numerous photographic college lighting courses.
Cherie Steinberg Coté
Cherie Steinberg Coté (www.cheriefoto.com) (www.edgygirl.com) is a photographer with a passion for traveling the world and photographing people. Cherie began her photography career as a photojournalist at The Toronto Sun in Toronto, Canada. She had the distinction of being their first female photographer. Listed by Nikon as “one of the world’s great photographers,” Cherie is the recipient of numerous awards including the Canadian Council for the Arts Award, Canada’s equivalent of the National Endowment for the Arts Award. In her international travels to over 40 countries, she has captured extraordinary images which have appeared in countless publications and most recently in Grace Ormonde, The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles magazine, The Bride & Bloom, Los Angeles Weddings, Studio Design & Photography, Town & Country, WPPI Photography Monthly, Digital Pro Photo, Distinctive Magazine, 90210 Magazine, Professional Photographers, Palm Springs Life, Rangefinder magazine, Shutterbug and Nikon World. A well-known educator and speaker, Cherie recently developed a large campaign for Nikon, shooting most of the images for their D700 brochure.
Paola M. Davila
Paola M. Davila is an accomplished freelance photographer and educator that has been teaching visual art throughout Southern California for over 10 years. She has contributed to exhibitions and publications, worked on international film projects, photographed urban life in Chile, and documented indigenous communities in Mexico. Born in Chile, Paola graduated from UCLA with a degree in Anthropology, then returned to school to study photography. She has written educational curricula for various programs which have been funded by the Mott Foundation, William Randolph Hearst Endowment Fund for the Arts Education, and the Los Angeles Unified School District. Paola is currently focusing her time on environmental photography and editing a book about Africa. She is the owner of Sunfotos Photography.
Meredith Day (www.md3da.com) is well known for extraordinary-quality 3D print images. Considered a 3D pioneer, Meredith invented and patented 3D cameras in the mid to late ‘80s. She is mentioned in the New York Times bestseller Mothers Of Invention and the subsequent Patently Female, both about significant visionary female inventors. Her unique “Tresur,” POP 3D animation was first featured by Kodak at PMA Las Vegas in 1988. An award-winning entertainment producer/director/photographer since 1972, Meredith’s 2D and 3D photography have been commissioned by companies such as Disney Entertainment Arts as well as corporate clients such as Guitar Center and Fender International. She is a tireless advocate of 3D as an artistic medium, has donated much of her time to help creative talent enter the field, and is determined to encourage and promote 3D Animation as a high-end commercial and artistic medium.
Will Dunniway (www.dunniway.com) or (www.collodion-artist.com) has pursued the avocation of artist/photographer for over 40 years. A student of American History, he came into contact with the wet plate collodion process while re-enacting the 125th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg in 1988. There he met collodion experts John Coffer and Claude Levet and, under their tutelage, began studying the process in earnest. In the 14 years that followed, Dunniway has become an expert in this historic collodion photographic process. For the past five years he has taught the process at the college level and various historical institutions including the State of California. On one occasion he produced red class Ambrotypes of Winona Ryder and other props for movie director Francis Ford Coppola’s production of “Dracula.” He currently lives in the old orange growing town of Corona with his wife, Frances.
Rose Eichenbaum (www.roseeichenbaum.com) is one of the most highly acclaimed photojournalists working in the arts today. Graduate study in dance at UCLA set the groundwork for a career dedicated to research, photographic documentation and investigation of artistic creativity. She is an award-winning photographer and author of two critically acclaimed books: Masters of Movement: Portraits of America’s Great Choreographers and The Dancer Within: Intimate Conversations with Great Dancers. Her books have been adopted as important educational resources by a number of major universities around the country. Eichenbaum’s dance and portrait photography have been exhibited from coast to coast including a three-year national tour hosted by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition service (2008-2010). Eichenbaum’s latest book, The Actor Within, due in bookstores in the fall of 2011, features portraits of some of the most respected actors of stage and screen. 2011 also marks the opening of two solo exhibitions at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs and the Ypsilanti Public Library in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Blue Fier (www.bluefier.com) is a photographer specializing in the vigorous field of location photography. He has photographed numerous advertising campaigns for major corporations, specializing in panoramic images of people and products in exotic environments. He has two master’s degrees in Art (M.A. from Cal State University, Northridge and a M.F.A. from UCLA) that have given him the background to explore photography. His unique perspective as a working photographer and years of creating order out of chaos has lead to his recently published book, Composition Photo Workshop, now available wherever books are sold. He teaches at Santa Monica College.
Ed Freeman (www.edfreeman.com) is an educator and award-winning fine art and commercial photographer. He uses Photoshop as his primary creative tool, creating unique images from ordinary photographs. He has exhibited widely in the United Sates and Europe and has hundreds of articles and magazine covers to his credit. A book of his erotic nudes, Work, was published in 2000 by Bruno Gmunder in Germany. His first book of computer enhanced landscapes, Desert Realty, was published in spring 2007 by Chronicle Books. Equally at home in the studio and on location, Ed is a committed generalist. He is represented by Getty Images.
Isabel Gomes & Lawrence Gund
Isabel Gomes & Lawrence Gund (www.isabellawrence.com) have operated Isabel Lawrence Photographers in Los Angeles since 1997. This award winning husband and wife team have been published in various magazines such as In Style, People, Modern Bride, Inside Weddings, Los Angeles Times Photosynthesis and Town & Country. Their images have also appeared on the Oprah show. Advertising clients include Lexus and Kodak. Isabel holds a degree in fine art from the University of Massachusetts and attended Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. Lawrence graduated from the University of Southern California and has shot for the Los Angeles Times and other Southern California newspapers.
A Lexar Elite photographer, Rolando Gomez (www.rolandogomez.com) transitioned from combat photography to glamour, fashion and editorial photography in 1999. The author of Garage Glamour™-Digital Nude and Beauty Photography Made Simple, and Rolando Gomez’s Glamour Photography Professional Techniques and Images, Gomez is a contributing writer various magazines. His “flamour” style of photography packed standing-room-only crowds as a Lighting Master at PhotoPlus Expo (NYC), FotoFusion, and the Photo Imaging and Design Expo. He has taught over 200 consecutively sold-out workshops from Mexico to Canada and recently completed a European tour for Calumet photographic. Gomez was the feature in Leica World (Apr. 06) and the cover story for Rangefinder (Sept. 06).
Michael E. Gordon
Michael E. Gordon (www.michael-gordon.com) is an award-winning fine art landscape photographer of unusual and overlooked natural landscapes of California and beyond. A lifelong student of nature and wilderness, Michael’s intimate relationship with the landscape yields photographs of great depth and clarity. He is best known for his black and white ‘Desert’ series which, says Broughton Quarterly, portrays “stunning ethereal beauty from terrain where others see only a bleak landscape.” A listing of his publications and clients include Backpacker, View Camera, Rangefinder and Broughton Quarterly magazines, T-Mobile, The Wilderness Society, Campaign for America’s Wilderness, USDA Forest Service, Brooks/Cole and more. Awards and recognition include International Photography Awards, Prix de la Photographie, Paris, and Black & White Spider Awards. Michael is represented by art galleries in the U.S. and Europe and his fine art prints are held internationally in private collections.
Greg Gorman’s (www.gormanphotography.com) work documents that peculiar obsession of the 20th century celebrity. Each shot, a testament to the individual character, gives a picture of human nature in its infinite range. “For me a photograph is most successful when it doesn’t answer all the questions,” says Gorman,“ and it leaves something to be desired.” For over three decades, Greg Gorman has continued to master the art of photography. From personality portraits and advertising campaigns to magazine layouts and fine art work, Greg has developed and showcased a discriminating and unique style in his profession.
Edon Gottlieb (www.edonphotography.com) is a Los Angeles-based freelance photographer native to New York City. Over the past 10 years he has shot portraiture for art and commerce and has photographed celebrities for the covers of magazines, advertising and fine art. He learned from and worked closely with many talented photographers, including Clay Patrick McBride and David Lachapelle, for whom he worked as a studio manager for over two years. A life-long student of photography with a passion for the arts, Edon hopes to impart his knowledge to students saying, “My goals now are to pass on what was so freely given to me and that which has given me so much joy.” Edon attended the prestigious School Of Visual Arts in New York City, earning a BFA in photography.
Photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield (www.laurengreenfield.com) has garnered critical acclaim documenting modern youth culture, examining pervasive phenomena from eating disorders and the obsession with body image, to the extreme effects of consumerism. Author of the groundbreaking books Fast Forward, Girl Culture and Thin, Greenfield was named by American Photo as one of the 25 most influential photographers working today. Her work appears regularly in The New York Times Magazine, New York, Time, and GQ, and is in many museum collections including the Getty, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Greenfield directed and produced her first feature-length film, THIN (HBO, 2006), about the treatment of eating disorders. THIN premiered at Sundance, won Best Documentary at the London International Film Festival, and was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Direction. Her new film, kids + money (HBO, 2008), was selected for Sundance, and won numerous awards. In 2009, she co-founded INSTITUTE (www.instituteartistmanagement.com), an international artist management company, with her husband Frank Evers.
Mark Harmel’s (www.harmelphoto.com) images span a wide range of subjects from nature to people. His work has been used by companies like Abbott Diabetes Care, Wells Fargo, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Warner Brothers, Time, Blue Cross, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Sony. He has also been featured in the Communication Arts Photography Annual. “At heart, I’m still basically a street photographer that has evolved to understand and follow great light,” says Harmel. “So these days, even in more controlled environments, I look for the good light first, and if it’s not there, I make it happen.” Currently, he spends much of his time concentrating on healthcare photography. Mark’s stock photography is available through Getty Images and Alamy.
Mark Edward Harris
Mark Edward Harris’ (www.markedwardharris.com) editorial work has appeared in publications such as Life, GEO, Conde Nast Traveler, Islands, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Playboy and the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine. His commercial clients range from The Gap to Coca-Cola to Mexicana Airlines. His books include Faces of the Twentieth Century: Master Photographers and Their Work, The Way of the Japanese Bath, Wanderlust, Inside North Korea, and Inside Iran. He is the recipient of numerous awards including a CLIO, ACE, Aurora Gold, IPA and Photographer of the Year at the Black & White Spider Awards.
David Alan Harvey
At age twelve, David Alan Harvey (www.davidalanharvey.com) purchased a used Leica with newspaper route money and began photographing his family and neighborhood. At twenty, he lived with and photographed a black family in Norfolk, Virginia, producing his first book, Tell It Like It Is in 1966. Since then, David has shot over forty essays for National Geographic Magazine and his work has appeared in many magazines, anthologies and exhibitions. He has published two major books, Cuba and Divided Soul, both based on his extensive work of the Spanish cultural migration into the Americas. His latest book, Living Proof, documents David’s intense journey into the world of hip-hop culture. David joined Magnum Photos in 1993. He currently lives in New York.
Award-winning photojournalist Ron Haviv has produced some of the most important images of conflict and humanitarian crises that have made headlines from around the world since the end of the Cold War. Numerous museums and galleries have featured his work, including The Louvre, United Nations, and The Council on Foreign Relations. Co-founder of the photo agency VII, his work is published by magazines worldwide. He has published two critically acclaimed collections of his photography — Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, and Afghanistan: On the Road to Kabul. Haviv has been the central character in three films including National Geographic Explorer’s Freelance in a World of Risk that explores the hazards inherent in combat photography. In addition, Haviv regularly speaks about his work on television such as NBC Nightly News, The Charlie Rose Show, Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight and CNN.
Based in Montevideo, Uruguay, Martin Herrera (www.martinhsphoto.com) has specialized in documentary work and travel photography. With a vast professional experience in the corporate world, Martin decides to venture into the artistic world, and starts his path into photography in 2004, in spite of the strong suggestions of his horoscope to do otherwise. In 2008 he returns to Uruguay with the intention to re-connect with his country, now from the perspective of a photographer, and through the lens of his camera. Most importantly, he returns because there is simply no rival to Uruguayan ice cream (his favorite flavors being dark chocolate and lemon). He has participated in group and juried exhibits in Los Angeles and Venice Beach, California.
David Honl (www.honlphoto.com) is tireless in his photographic efforts, with a body of work that spans the globe. His images have appeared in Newsweek, Time, National Geographic, People Magazine, The Financial Times, American Cinematographer, and countless more. Popular Photography wrote, “Photojournalist David Honl has covered some of the most important and dangerous stories of our times,” while Professional Photographer magazine said, “His images of these Iraqis speak to the human side of a conflict that has torn so many people, groups and nations apart.” During more than two decades of work around the world, David has learned how to travel fast and light, all the while being able to create beautiful light under extreme circumstances. While traveling regularly on assignment in countries like Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, and Kazakhstan, David continues to design and field-test his Honl Photo line of lightweight and innovative light modifiers for speedlights.
Scott Jo has been in the forefront of digital photography since its early beginnings. After studying photography at Art Center College of Design, he collaborated with digital imaging manufacturers such as Nikon, Epson, Altamira Group, Adobe and Kodak. He worked exclusively for Epson for five years in their marketing department before venturing on to shoot fashion, commercial and portraits. Currently, he works for Canon USA as a Professional Market Specialist, traveling around the country, troubleshooting for professional photographers, and teaching seminars on behalf of Canon. He specializes in EOS systems, wide format printers, and digital workflow.
Southern California native Amanda Keller-Konya (www.amandakellerkonya.com) received an MFA from Otis College of Art and Design, a BFA from California Institute of the Arts and an MA from California State University, Northridge. Her practice is image based; she is dedicated to the investigation of the photographic medium, ideas about Photography and the Photographer him/herself. In addition to a constant and critical evaluation of Photography and its continuing state of flux, she takes on the sociopolitical within her work addressing issues such as toxicity, school closures, land use and public/private space. Keller Konya’s work has been exhibited regionally and internationally at a variety of cultural institutions including: The Houston Center for Photography, The Los Angeles International Airport and the Angkor Photography Festival in Siem Reap, Cambodia. She holds adjunct appointments at Long Beach City College, The Julia Dean Photography Workshops, Cerritos College and Loyola Marymount University in addition to her Santa Monica-based studio practice.
Douglas Kirkland (www.douglaskirkland.com) has been photographing for over four decades and his passion in the discovery of human beauty and sensuality never wavers. He started his career at Look and Life Magazine in the 60’s and 70’s “golden age” of photojournalism. His iconic images of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Nicholson, Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas among others are known all over the world. He has received numerous awards including a Lucie for Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment Photography in 2003. His latest books are Freeze Frame, five decades in the entertainment business and Coco Chanel, Three Weeks published by Glitterati. Douglas currently resides in the Hollywood Hills with his wife and business partner, Francoise.
Bobbi Lane (www.bobbilane.com) is an award-winning commercial portrait photographer with 30 years of experience. She shoots environmental portraits for corporate and advertising accounts as well as photographing “real people” and locations for stock. Her extensive client list includes Warner Bros., PricewaterhouseCoopers, Samsung, Bose Corp., Neutrogena, Charles Schwab, Mattel, Sears’ Tower Skydeck, and the Morro Bay Natural History Museum. A dedicated educator, Bobbi teaches photography at ICP, the Santa Fe Workshops, the Maine Photographic Workshops, and the Julia Dean Photo Workshops. She is a Contributing Editor for Photo Techniques Magazine and the author of Creative Techniques in Color Photography and Advertising Photography with Lou Lesko. Bobbi’s instructional DVDs “Portrait Lighting Techniques” and “Portraits Unplugged” are available through Calumet.
John Lichtwardt has been a professional photographer and lighting specialist for stills and motion pictures for more than 15 years. With an extremely rich and varied background, he has worked on projects ranging from Vanity Fair celebrity, portraiture and fashion, to advertising campaigns such as lighting navy pilots on aircraft carrier decks, photographing grizzly bears, piranhas, elephants, a two- million-dollar gemstone and a man holding a human brain. He has worked with Sophia Loren, Al Gore, George Clooney and Frank Sinatra and spent a month shooting in remote corners of the Nepalese Himalaya. John has been fortunate to work with some of the world’s most influential photographers and scores of other lesser known, but equally talented professionals. “I enjoy my work very much and have a strong desire to share my experience with others. I feel truly blessed for the crazy experiences my profession has provided, the people I have met, and most importantly what I have learned. To be able to pass it on just ices the cake.” In addition to his current work, John is a returning guest lecturer on the subject of lighting at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
Rick Loomis is an accomplished photojournalist. Has covered news and feature stories both domestically and internationally for the Los Angeles Times where he has worked since graduating from Western Kentucky University in 1994. He was named the NPPA photographer of the Year in 2003 and received the Sigma Delta Chi award for his coverage of the war in Iraq. In 2007, Rick was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his still image and video work on the five-part series “Altered Oceans.”
Jasmine Lord (www.jamsinelord.com) is a Los Angeles-based focus puller (1st AC) and photographer. When the boundlessly energetic Australian isn’t on film sets or operating cameras at live events like Fashion Week, she can be found with her Canon 5D Mark II shooting portraiture and product photography. But for the more tangible artistry she enjoys shooting with toy plastic cameras like the Diana and Holga. Jasmine has previously worked at the Lomography Gallery Store in West Hollywood, teaching classes on the Diana F+ and LC-A. Her workshops are designed to inspire the continued use of film. Jasmine has also previously taught video and drama to youth in both Australia and New York. Her approach has an infectious enthusiasm that will get you hooked on shooting on film.
Mary Ellen Mark
Mary Ellen Mark (www.maryellenmark.com) has achieved worldwide visibility through her numerous books, exhibitions and editorial magazine work. Her images of our world’s diverse cultures have become landmarks in the field of documentary photography. She is a contributing photographer to The New Yorker and has published photo-essays and portraits in such publications as LIFE, New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair. For almost three decades she has traveled extensively to make pictures that reflect a high degree of humanism. Her portrayals of Mother Teresa, Indian circuses, and brothels in Bombay were the product of many years of work in India. A recipient of countless awards and fellowships, Mary Ellen is also a distinguished publisher, with well over 15 published books to her credit. Her most recent book, Extraordinary Child (National Museum of Iceland, 2007), reveals the life of disabled children in Iceland. Today, she is recognized as one of our most respected and influential photographers.
Ken Merfeld (www.merfeldphotography.com, www.merfeldcollodion.com) is a Los Angeles-based commercial and fine art photographer. He owns and operates a studio in Culver City, California, where he photographs fashion, advertising, portrait and celebrity. His work has appeared in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Mademoiselle, Angeleno, Zoom, Black & White and Los Angeles Magazine. His commercial accounts include American Express, Nike, Kodak, Apple, Sony, Pacific Bell, Disney, Mattel, McDonald’s and Panavision. During his 25 years of commercial and fine art photography, he has explored the worlds of autistic children, people with their pets, parent and child, tattooed people, bikers, identical twins, transvestites, “little people,” erotica and more. His current body of collodion work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Santa Fe and Mexico City. Ken teaches photography part-time at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
Arthur Meyerson (www.arthurmeyerson.com) is an award winning photographer, a highly sought-after workshop instructor and mentor who travels throughout the world photographing for advertising, corporate, and editorial clients. A three-time winner of Adweek’s “Southwest Photographer of the Year” award, he is on Communication World’s list of the world’s top 10 corporate photographers and was named one of the 30 best advertising photographers by American Photo. In 1999, Arthur became a member of Nikon’s exclusive “Legends Behind the Lens.” Arthur’s photographs have been exhibited internationally and published in Communication Arts, Rangefinder, Nikon World, Zoom, Camera Arts, Digital Photo Pro, and Graphis. To view a video interview of Arthur go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZWNwqkat4o
Astor Morgan (www.astormorgan.com) is an award-winning people, commercial and fine art photographer based in Los Angeles. His appreciation of the visual arts was born while growing up between the two colorful cultures of southern Louisiana and Sicily, Italy. Astor has been involved in the photo industry for 20 years working on photo productions at all levels. He has been sought out and interviewed by numerous organizations and magazines including the Copyright Alliance, Shutterbug magazine, and BBC Voice of America’s “In Discussion” with David Gibbons (http://www.davidgibbons.org/id50.html). An active philanthropist, Astor is the curator of photo exhibits Le Nu LA and iSpyWithMyPlasticEye.com. These exhibits have raised money and awareness for deserving charities weSPARK.org and TheAftermathProject.org. He has instructed classes and workshops for MOPLA, The Lucie Foundation, APA, ASMP, A&I Photographic and Digital Services, and the Julia Dean Photo Workshops. Astor serves on the advisory board for Santa Monica College and is the Chairman of the Board of APA Los Angeles.
Craig Mohr (www.catfishfarms.com) is a photographer and educator with over 30 years of experience in shooting for advertising and annual reports. After studying photography and filmmaking in college, he began his still photography career shooting for southern California department stores. Craig has been teaching photography since 1985, beginning at UCLA Extension where he taught studio lighting, photo art direction, composition and digital photography. He currently teaches studio lighting, portfolio development and B&W printing at Santa Monica College where he is an Associate Faculty member. His company, Catfish Farms Studio, has created imagery for Farmers Insurance Group, Fox Broadcasting company, Allergan, City National Bank, The Walt Disney Company, K-Swiss, Vans, Sony Electronics and Kenwood USA. His work has been honored by AR 100, the Mead Paper Show and Communication Arts magazine.
Frank W. Ockenfels 3
Frank W. Ockenfels 3 (www.frankockenfels3.com) is a Los Angeles based photographer who has spent 20 years working as a portrait photographer, photographing musicians, celebrities, corporate heads, and maybe even your next-door neighbor. His images have graced the covers of Rolling Stone, Esquire, GQ, Blender, Newsweek, Wired, Entertainment Weekly, Spin, New York Magazine and People to name a few. He has worked with most major record labels and has done over 200 album covers, photographed countless of movie posters for major studios, and shot television campaigns for all the major networks. Frank’s ability to adapt to unusual ten-minute situations and staying away from the obvious seem to be his trademark. He believes in meeting someone first and then deciding what the image will be, working with existing light and hot lights, collaborating with the subject to create a unique moment. In many ways Frank is unconventional. He believes that photography can still have moments of purity without being overly conceptualized or retouched.
Manuello Paganelli (www.manuellopaganelli.com) is an award-winning freelance photographer residing in Los Angeles, California. In the early 1990s he began to explore Cuba, its land, its people, and its complex relationship with the USA. This work culminated in his first exhibit in 1995, which earned him a fellowship award from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. A columnist for the Washington Post wrote, “Manuello Paganelli’s Cuban photographs are a brilliant window on a land and people too long hidden from North American eyes. Working in the tradition of Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank, Paganelli brings an artist’s eyes and a native son’s sensibility to his superb photographs. His award-winning work has graced the pages of many well-known magazines including Time, Newsweek, People, Forbes, ESPN, Men’s Journal, Sports Illustrated, Life and many foreign magazines. He has photographed celebrities, business icons, top sports figures and many other well-known public figures. Despite his years of experience, his passion and determination are as great today as when he first picked up a camera.
Andrea Passarella is an accomplished educator, photographer and advocate for inner city enrichment programs. She has worked with organizations dedicated to teaching youth in the Los Angeles area including; Venice Arts, School on Wheels, Step Up Women’s Network and The Julia Dean Photo Workshops. Presently, Andrea runs the middle school photography department at The Willows Community School in Culver City. It has been her good fortune to travel, teach and work alongside some truly gifted people. Some of Andrea’s greatest teachers have been her former and current students.
Jamie Redmond is an educator and practicing artist. As a photographer she has worked in both the commercial side of the business as well as the fine art – exhibiting both nationally and internationally. Seeking to bridge the gap between analogue and digital, her skill set ranges from the alternative processes to the intricacies of digital software and output. An accomplished instructor, Jamie has taught at prestigious institutions such as the Sydney College of Arts in Australia and the Julia Dean Photo Workshops. She holds a Master of Visual Arts degree (MFA equivalent) from Sydney College of Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia Redmond.
Los Angeles based photographer, Lorne Resnick (www.lorneresnick.com) was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. His passion for travel and photography keeps him moving around the globe exploring different cultures and countries, capturing unique moments. His pursuit of unique and compelling images has led him to Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Greenland, Cuba, China, across Europe and 22 countries in Africa. From his first book of photographs, “Live in Concert: 10 years of Rock and Roll”, published in 1987, to his latest work-in-progress, fine art coffee table book Cuba Dreaming, Resnick has always strived to create images that probe beyond the everyday facade to capture the essential meaning and character of his subjects. He has lived in Amsterdam for six years working on commercial projects and spent more than a year in each of Cuba and Africa working on long-term book projects. Resnick’s striking commercial and fine art images have been exhibited in galleries across Europe and America, and have been used commercially for annual reports, billboards, television, web sites and for worldwide advertising campaigns. He currently has eleven fine art posters published of his travel photography. Resnick recently won the Travel Photographer of the Year award and now leads travel photography workshops around the world.
Philipp Scholz Rittermann
Philipp Scholz Rittermann’s (www.rittermann.com) work spans opposite ends of our visual environment, from evocative nocturnal scenes of industry and architecture, to dramatic panoramas of pristine landscape. His work is featured in over fifty public, private and corporate collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, France. He is exhibited widely in national and international venues. An accomplished educator, Philipp has been teaching photography for over 25 years in the USA and abroad. In 2001 he was honored with a mid-career retrospective at the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, which published a monograph of his work titled Navigating by Light.
Yvette Roman (www.yrphoto.com) graduated with a BFA in photography from Art Center College of Design in 1989. She began her career as a rock photographer, photographing such luminaries as Roy Orbison, Joni Mitchell, David Byrne and Timothy Leary. Since photographing her first wedding in 1996, Yvette has shot weddings from Los Angeles to Marrakech. She has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and in numerous publications including Elegant Bride, Bride’s Magazine, Los Angeles Weddings, Inside Weddings, Grace Ormonde’s Wedding Style, and Town & Country. Yvette’s numerous advertising and editorial clients include Eastman Kodak, Green To Grow, Renaiscents Candles, Illume Candles, Big Imagination Group, City of Hope, The Getty Museum, A&M Records, MCA Records, Capitol Records, Sony Music and Los Angeles Times Magazine.
Marissa Roth (www.marissarothphotography.com) has worked as a freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer since 1981. Born and raised in Los Angeles and a graduate of UCLA, Roth was part of the Los Angeles Times photography staff that won a Pulitzer Prize for “Best Spot News Coverage” for the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. Her first solo book, Burning Heart, A Portrait of the Philippines, was published in 1999 and represents ten years of photography in the archipelago. In 2000, she completed a documentary photography project commissioned by the Los Angeles Public Library entitled “Inside/Out: Downtown Los Angeles”. Her second book, Real City, Downtown Los Angeles Inside/Out, was published in August, 2001, incorporating many of the images from the Library project. In June, 2005, Roth was commissioned by The Museum of Tolerance/Simon Wiesenthal Center to photograph all of the Holocaust survivors who volunteer there. These images are on permanent exhibition at the museum. Currently, Roth is working on a long-term personal project entitled “One Person Crying: Women and War” that addresses the immediate and lingering impact of war on women in different countries and cultures around the world.
Josh Sanseri (www.sanseri.com) is an award-winning photographer based in Los Angeles. Specializing in photographing people, his environmental portraits have been published and exhibited both nationally and internationally. His unique photographic point of view is the result of his formal education and background in cinema, photography, painting, and printmaking. He has coached and mentored many young photographers and has taught various workshops and courses in Italy, Australia, Illinois, Los Angeles, Hawaii, and the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, among others. His photographic style coupled with his technical proficiency have earned him a long, eclectic list of clients including Another Planet Entertainment, Dreamworks, Nissan, Infiniti, Ball Park, Sara Lee, Sony Playstation, Pioneer, Penguin Publishers, American Bar Association, AARP, Business Week Magazine, The Los Angeles Times Magazine and the Utne Reader.
Kevin Scanlon (www.kevinscanlon.com) is an award-winning freelance portrait photographer. In 2001, he quit his day-job in Arizona as a database administrator to become a professional photographer, before moving to Los Angeles in 2003. His clients include LA Weekly, New York Times, Darko Entertainment, Merck, and Warner Brothers Records. His early work consisted of music photography, and his images appeared on Weezer t-shirts and Jimmy Eat World album artwork. More recently, portraiture for editorial and advertising has been his concentration.
Stephen Schafer (Schaf)
Stephen Schafer (Schaf) (www.schafphoto.com) is an award-winning Southern California commercial photographer who has been successfully producing product, people, and location photographs in the US, Asia, Central America the Middle East, and Europe. In addition to his commercial success he has been enamored with black and white infrared for all his personal fine art work since shooting his first roll in 1987. He exhibits his infrared fine art extensively in museums and galleries. Schaf is a member of the Freestyle Board of Advisors and has extensively tested their line of IR films.
A natural journalist by heart accompanied by an artistic eye has lead Wally Skalij to receive numerous awards such as being named Photographer of the Year six consecutive years by the Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles. Working as a Los Angeles Times staff photographer for ten years, covering world events from fashion in Paris to war in Iraq, has given Wally the ability to adjust to any given situation. The Olympic Games in Beijing was Wally’s fourth Olympic Games coverage.Wally also helps teaching in other workshops and believes in giving back and to help students further their education.
Norma C. Smith
Norma C. Smith is an artist and an educator and has been working in the field of photography for over 30 years. Platinum/palladium printing has been one of her favorite ways of making prints since learning the technique in 1985. Her treatise on making enlarged negatives for platinum/palladium printing was referenced by Dick Arentz in his book Platinum & Palladium Printing. Her current work concentrates on still life and landscape using both large and small format cameras. An advisory board member for Freestyle Photographic Supplies, Norma currently teaches photography at Art Center College of Design and curates the gallery at the 24th Street Theatre in Los Angeles.
After a career as a New York City Fashion Editor and working alongside the greats of fashion photography, Aline Smithson (www.alinesmithson.com) discovered the family Rolleiflex and never looked back. Now represented by galleries across the country and published throughout the world, Aline continues to create her award-winning photography with humor, compassion, and a 50-year-old camera. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including the PDN Photo Annual, Communication Arts Photo Annual, Eyemazing, Artworks, Lenswork Extended, Shots, Pozytyw, and Silvershotz magazines. She has exhibited widely including solo shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, and Wallspace Gallery in Seattle. Aline has been the Gallery Editor for Light Leaks Magazine, writes and edits the blog, Lenscratch, is a contributing writer for Diffusion and F Stop Magazines, writes book reviews for photoeye, and has been curating exhibitions for a number of galleries and on-line magazines. She was nominated for The Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award in 2008 and 2009 and for The Santa Fe Prize in Photography in 2009 by the Santa Fe Center of Photography. She is a 2009 juror for Critical Mass, and will be a reviewer at Review LA in 2010.
Eddie Soloway’s photographs (www.eddiesoloway.com) are the expression of his passion and commitment to the natural world. His eye has developed during a lifetime of exploring the earth’s wild places. Former positions in educational workshop design, wilderness program development, and custom fine photographic printing have further honed his expertise. In 1998, Eddie was the first recipient of the Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award presented by the Santa Fe Center for Photography. Today he divides his time between making fine-art prints, teaching, speaking on creativity and the photographic life, and furthering photographic publishing projects. His first book, One Thousand Moons, was published in the summer of 2004, and his dvd, A Natural Eye: Big Sur was released in December, 2009. An impassioned teacher, Eddie brings experiences in nature, creativity, and photography to his workshops.
Andrew Southam (www.andrewsoutham.com) is an Australian fashion and portrait photographer and director. He has lived and worked in New York, London and Milan. He began his career doing photography for the Sydney Theatre Company and the Australian National Ballet. His work has been published in the Australian, English, Italian and American Vogue, as well as American and French Elle, and his portraits have been exhibited in the Australian National Portrait Gallery. Andrew has recently hosted a discussion presenting 100 Helmut Newton photographs with Newton’s wife June. He also conducted an evening discussing the work of 10 legendary photographers, “The Singular Vision.” On the upcoming workshop Andrew has said, “I have never recovered from seeing photographs by Newton, Avedon, or Penn for the first time. I hope to impart something of that joy to anyone that who takes the class.” Andrew currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife & son.
Maggie Steber is a highly awarded documentary photographer whose work appears in major international publications, book anthologies and exhibitions. She has worked in 59 countries, telling stories of underrepresented people for National Geographic, the New YorkTimes Magazine, Newsweek, Du, Smithsonian, Merian Magazine and other publications. She is the recipient of grants from the Ernst Haas Foundation, Alicia Patterson Foundation and Knight Foundation. Her book, Dancing on Fire: Photographs from Haiti, published by Aperture, culminates 20 years of work. She served as director of photography at The Miami Herald, where her staff won the Pulitzer once and were finalists twice. Maggie conducts workshops and lectures worldwide.
Carsten Steinhausen (www.designcsc.com) is a master in Adobe Photoshop and well known for his complex digital compositing work, photo illustrations and high-end retouching. Carsten received his formal training in lithography, graphic design and pre-press in Germany. He then worked in advertising in both Europe and the United States before relocating to Los Angeles in 2000. For the last 10 years, he has concentrated on digital retouching and photo compositing for advertising campaigns in the music and photo industries. Carsten has worked alongside preeminent commercial and fine art photographers such as Matthew Rolston, Tony Duran, Dan Winters, Andrew McPherson, Glen Wexler and Olaf Heine, creating some of the most iconic images of our time. He is also an expert in producing various types of exhibition prints for artists, galleries and museums throughout the world. Carsten has a passion for music, photography and technology, and thrives on using his 30+ years of experience in advertising and photography to collaborate with artists to help them achieve their vision.
Since 1994 Art Streiber (www.artstreiber.com) has been a Los Angeles-based freelance photographer specializing in reportage, travel, portrait and entertainment photography. His editorial clients include Vanity Fair, Esquire, Conde Nast Portfolio, Entertainment Weekly, Wired, Time, Newsweek, O, Radar, Cookie, More and Outside, and his entertainment clients include ABC, CBS, NBC, HBO, CNN, Fox, TBS, TNT, A&E, The CW, MTV, Showtime, Lifetime, Universal Studios, Columbia-TriStar, Dreamworks, Paramount, Sony Pictures and Warner Brothers Studios. Art has lectured at the International Center of Photography, The Santa Fe Workshops, The Julia Dean Photo Workshops, Art Center College of Design, APA Atlanta, PDN On The Road in San Francisco and at The Stanford Publishing Course. In 2005 Art was named to American Photo’s list of “The 100 Most Important People in Photography,” and in April 2008 Art was presented the Pacific Design Center’s “Star of Design” Award for Photography.
Scott Stulberg (www.asa100.com) is a travel and stock photographer who journeys often to distant lands looking for unique stock opportunities. He is represented by many stock agencies, including Corbis and Getty Images. He teaches digital photography and Photoshop at UCLA Extension, the Art Wolfe Digital Photography Center in Seattle and in camera stores throughout Los Angeles. Scott is a contributing writer for Shutterbug Magazine and is also co-author of The Digital Photographer’s New Guide to Photoshop Plug-Ins. From Microsoft, Newsweek and the New York Times, to greeting cards, calendars, book covers and billboards, his images are used internationally. His photographs are in collections all over the world, including on permanent display in the United Nations and the new UCLA Medical Center, with prints displayed in over 60 patient rooms.
Mary Virginia Swanson
Mary Virginia Swanson (www.mvswanson.com) makes it her goal to help photographers find the strengths in their work and identify appreciative audiences in today’s marketplace and is considered an expert in the area of marketing and licensing fine art. She is a sought-after Portfolio Reviewer at events such as Review LA, FotoFest, PhotoNola and others. Swanson’s workshops on the subjects of industry awareness and marketing opportunities in the arts have proven to aid countless photographers in moving their careers to the next level. Swanson maintains a popular blog about opportunities for photographers at www.marketingphotos.wordpress.com, and she is the author of her self-published title The Business of Photography: Principles and Practices, available through her website.
Internationally lauded as one of the leading photographers of her generation, Joyce Tenneson’s (www.joycetenneson.com) work has been published in books and major magazines worldwide. Her images have been displayed in exhibitions worldwide and are part of numerous private and museum collections. Her portraits appear frequently on covers for magazines such as: Time, Life, Newsweek, Premiere, Esquire and The New York Times Magazine. Tenneson is the author of thirteen books including the best seller, Wise Women, which was featured in a six-part Today Show series. She is also the recipient of many awards and, in a recent poll conducted by American Photo Magazine, readers voted Tenneson among the ten most influential women in the history of photography. Ranked among the most respected photographers of our time, The Lucie Awards named Joyce Tenneson as Fine Art Photographer of the Year in 2005.
Rebecca Truszkowski (www.rebeccatruszkowski.com) is an award-winning portrait and documentary photographer based in Los Angeles. She built her career shooting both national and international projects for clients and agencies including Kraft, Ventiquattro magazine, Sabian Cymbals, Aurora Photos and the Feminist Majority Foundation. In addition to her commercial endeavors, Rebecca has developed a variety of personal projects on topics ranging from community relations to women’s issues. She is a Michigan native and graduated with honors from the prestigious Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. Her love for art, photography, and the people she documents continue to be major influences in her life, guiding a particular affinity for humanitarian issues. In recent years, this passion has expanded to encompass teaching, including involvement with non-profit organizations and student exhibit development. Rebecca’s long-term goal is to make a significant contribution to arts education in Los Angeles.
Alex Webb (www.magnumphotos.com), a member of Magnum Photos since 1976, has worked for many of the major publications including National Geographic, Life, New York Times Magazine and GEO. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He has published seven books including his most recent, Istanbul: City of a Hundred Names. Webb’s work has been exhibited widely in the U.S. and throughout Europe.
Rebecca Norris Webb
Rebecca Norris Webb (www.riccomaresca.com), originally a poet and journalist, had her first NYC solo exhibition at Ricco Maresca Gallery in 2006, the same year her first book, The Glass Between Us, was published. The series was awarded sponsorship by the Blue Earth Alliance. She’s currently working on a series of photographs in the American West called “My Dakota,” and a joint book with her husband and creative partner, Alex Webb, called Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba. Accomplished educators, Alex and Rebecca teach photography workshops around the world.
Rex Weiner is publisher, editor-in-chief and co-founder of Great Circle Books (www.greatcirclebooks.net), specializing in books of fine art photography. An expert in custom publishing, Rex has worked as a consultant to The Hollywood Reporter and is currently a consultant to A&I Books. As a journalist, his feature articles have appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, The New Yorker, New York Observer and LA Weekly. Rex co-authored The Woodstock Census (Viking Press, 1979), a widely-hailed survey of the ‘60s generation’s impact on American society. With photographer Wayne Schoenfeld, he co-authored Mission To India: Portrait of a Volunteer Surgical Team in Action. Since founding MediaTek Consulting in 1997 (www.mediatekla.com), Rex has provided public relations and marketing consulting to a wide range of entertainment and technology companies including Intel, Hewlett-Packard and Final Draft software. Combining marketing and publishing, Rex created the “Eye-To-Eye” series of fine art photo books, sponsored and promoted by HP, which won an Independent Publishing Award.
David H. Wells
David H. Wells (www.davidhwells.com) is a free-lance documentary photographer and photo-educator based in Providence, Rhode Island. He is affiliated with Aurora Photos (www.auroraphotos.com) and specializes in intercultural communications and the use of light and shadow to enhance visual narratives. He has received two Fulbright fellowships, a grant from Nikon/N.P.P.A. and a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His work has been show around the world in over fifty exhibitions and publications, including American Photographer, Camera and Darkroom, Camera Arts and Zoom, among others. He has taught workshops at the International Center for Photography in NYC and at the Maine Photographic Workshops. David has recently launched an online educational tool with video podcasts and other useful information for photographers. It is called “The Wells Point”, and the website is http://thewellspoint.com/.
Nevada Wier (www.nevadawier.com) is an award-winning photographer specializing in the remote corners of the globe and the cultures that inhabit them. She has been published in numerous national and international publications, including: NG Adventure, Geo, Islands, National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer, Outside, and Smithsonian. She is a Fellow of The Explorer’s Club and a member of the Women’s Geographic Society. Nevada was the photographer for The Land of Nine Dragons – Vietnam Today (Abbeville Press), photography from contemporary Vietnam, winner of the Lowell Thomas Best Travel Book of 1992 award. She was the author and photographer of Adventure Travel Photography, a participating photographer in A Day in the Life of Thailand, Planet Vegas, and Mother Earth. Nevada has been featured in National Geographic Explorer, Through the Lens, Canon Photo Safaris, and in a Northwest Airlines international television and print ad campaign. Nevada is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Byll Williams (www.byllwilliams.com) is a commercial and advertisement photographer with more than 15 years of experience. He has close to 100 large-scale national advertising campaigns to his credit including Dell, Compaq, Sony, Playstation, Xbox, Toyota, Nissan, Disney and many others. He has lectured at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, and has a self-proclaimed semi-maniacal eye for attention to realistic lighting, sets, and the implementation of Photoshop. Byll currently resides in Santa Monica with his wife and their two dogs, Betty and Bob.
Zoe Wiseman (www.zoewiseman.com) is a Los Angeles-based photographer and former model. She modeled for 20 years before becoming a photographer in 2000. She has worked for numerous photographers as an art model including Leonard Nimoy, Jeff Dunas, Manuello Paganelli and Sylvie Blum. As a photographer her work has been published in several publications focusing on photo art and the nude. Her latest exhibition, Fiat Lux, a 10-year retrospective of her work, was a huge success. She continues to produce work with some of the most sought after art models throughout the world and is frequently exhibited in shows throughout Los Angeles. Since 1997, Zoe has run the website ARTnudes.com geared towards the fine art nude.
Larva is a Los Angeles-based model. She majored in Fashion Design at Otis College of Art and Design. After college she was employed by fashion designer Jared Gold as a runway model and designer’s assistant. In 2000 Larva began modeling full time for runway, fine art, print and film. While as a figure and costume model in art schools, she was discovered by Annie Leibovitz. She continues to work with Ms. Leibovitz as a celebrity stand-in and celebrity choreographer. She also works with renowned photographers Lucien Clergue, Kim Weston, Jeff Dunas, Slyvia Plachy and Albert Sanchez.
Natalie Young (www.natalieyoungla.com), (www.natalieyoungstudio.com) is an award-winning photographer based in Los Angeles who splits her time between fine art and commercial work. She has been photographing people professionally for 15 years. During this time she has photographed thousands of actors, including such notable talent as Chris Kattan, Cheryl Hines, Melissa McCarthy, Julia Sweeney, Ana Gasteyer, Phil LaMarr and Cassandra Peterson. She is known for her crisp use of natural light and the element of realness in her portraits. Her work has been exhibited internationally and published in such magazines as Rangefinder, SHOTS, Migrate and Lenswork. Last year Natalie was named one of the Top 50 Photographers in PhotoLucida’s Critical Mass competition.