Twenty-seven-year-old photographer Kyle Johnson loves shooting people, no matter whether its portraiture, fashion, or working with a band, which he does quite often in his current town of Seattle, Washington. Kyle strives to create images that are classically executed, often with a hint of humor. His photos have been featured in VICE, DAZED & Confused, Wallpaper*, and most recently Popular Mechanics Magazine. He drinks far too much coffee & is always blasting music.
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Jessica Sample (formerly Jessica Schwartzberg) grew up in Los Angeles, where she is currently based. Before coming home to California, she was previously the Deputy Photo Editor of Travel + Leisure in New York and a frequent photographer for the magazine. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University and has studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and the International Center of Photography. Jessica finds inspiration in new environments, cultures and people and has traveled to 36 countries.
Originally trained as an architect, Erik Wahlstrom worked two years at one of the most progressive and contemporary practices in Sweden, Tham & Videgård Hansson before becoming a full time photographer. Of this experience he writes; ‘They taught me everything I know. Well, almost – but most importantly – that a holistic working method often leads to great results. The drive to be involved throughout the whole process, from developing the first ideas to production to post-production. And don’t forget the celebration when everything’s done’. Some of his clients include Absolut Vodka, Björn Borg, SJ, Alkoholkommittén, Rodeo, Bon Magazine, Gourmet and BUTT Magazine. Wahlstrom is represented by Agent Bauer.
With recent credits that include LUERZER’S ARCHIVE, 200 Best Advertising Photographers Worldwide, and an honourable mention at the 2009 International Photography Awards, the work of Sydney-based photographer Adam Taylor is driven by ‘creative innovation and storytelling’. This work is from his series, ‘New Frontiers’.
Michael Rubenstein is a commercial and editorial photographer who has recently returned to a lovely apartment in Brooklyn after spending two and a half years photographing South Asia. Michael’s work has appeared in Mother Jones, BusinessWeek, Time, Time Asia, The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Commercial clients include Nike, Wieden and Kennedy, Ogilvy and Yahoo! In light of the recent earthquake, Rubenstein is offering a selection of his images of Japan in two editions of ten on archival Hahnemühle ink jet paper. All profits from the sale of these images will go towards relief efforts in Japan. Visit Rubenstein’s website for more information.
Michael Lewis has spent the last several years working mainly in the world of editorial portraiture. He began taking pictures while going to Temple (and then Tyler School of Art) in Philadelphia and later received a MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Lewis then moved to Los Angeles, where he began to establish himself as an environmental portrait photographer. Along with commissioned photography, he has been working on a body of self-portraits taken during the years he lived in Los Angeles through the present. Of this work he writes, ‘Self-portraiture allows me to experience empathy for the people I photograph. I feel an obligation to my subjects to remain in touch with how it feels to be in front of the camera. My personal work has always informed my commercial endeavors. The lines between commercial and art have always been blurred to me. Each feeds off the other’.
If an original location is desired, Hakan Ludwigson knows where to find it. Ludwigson was born 1948 in a small town on the Swedish west coast. 1968 he moved to Gothenburg to start photography studies. His career started in 1975 with advertising and fashion, and soon he found himself inspired by travel reportage, architecture and cars. Some of his clients include Condé Nast Traveller, Volvo Trucks, Aqvavit, Fritidsresor, GEO, Oprah Magazine and Audi. He is represented by Agent Bauer in Sweden and Snyder & Co. in New York.
Robert G. Bartholot is a freelance designer with an emphasis on photographic illustration and art direction. Some of his clients include Diesel, Playstation, Surface magazine and Neo Vague. This is a selection of commissioned and personal work. I love that you can’t tell the difference between the two. Bartholot is represented by The Mushroom Company.
Elena Zhukova is a San Francisco-based photography student currently attending the Academy of Art University. Of her work, she writes, ‘The purpose of my photographs is to illustrate the magnitude and vast range of human character and individuality in fictitious ways. I draw parallels between individuals I meet or see in real life and cartoon-type characters I envision in my fantasies. Some ideas are inspired by paintings, some are based on movies and books and some find their roots in the depth of my imagination without correlation to any of existing forms of media I know of. On the same note, I find listening and communicating with kids to be essential for my creative process. I often try to put myself in shoes of my three year old son to understand his perspective of the world, which is undeniably more “unorthodox” then the one of the most adults I get to meet.
‘I purposefully avoid composite images because they take away the fine pallet of emotions present at the setting. I find that modern equipment and tools available to me are sufficient to distort reality and perspective in every necessary way’. You can see her work in the latest issue of CMYK Magazine.