March 23, 2009

Climbers, Shells w/Sunglasses, and Rubber Tires

Tyler Stableford / Aspen
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Volunteers to shoot at least one week per year for nonprofits. Photograph graced the cover
of recent Communication Arts Photo Annual. Named by Men’s Journal as one of the seven
"World’s Greatest Adventure Photographers." Enjoys spending time in Icelandic glacier caves.
Greg Vore / New York
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Though he doesn’t wear Kate Spade, Greg has seen most of their products through his lens.
Obsessive about how light hits liquids, cosmetics, and food. His photography alter-ego won
awards for images of India (also seen on his website). Studio’s near the Williamsburg Bridge.
Eric Hameister / Los Angeles
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Got his first dirtbike in ‘79. Spent most of his childhood on motorcycles. Now he shoots them on
The Speed Network. This after a previous career in high-end automotive photography. Spends a lot of time in Cooperstown, NY, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame. See him on his bikes here



March 19, 2009

What Do NYC, Atlanta, and Portland Have in Common?

Landon Nordeman / New York
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Appears on television more than the average photographer. One time in an ad for Sears, where he describes a special gift from his father. Another for the National Geographic Channel. The New Yorker, Time, Saveur and others appreciate his subtle sense of humor and grace.
Jon Kownacki / Atlanta
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Grew up in Detroit, exploring and photographing its "post-apocalyptic" downtown landscapes.
Got on a plane and moved to Georgia without ever seeing the place. Attended Savannah College of Art & Design. Love of design inspires his interior work. Restored an old Porsche once.
Robbie McClaran / Portland
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Work has been in almost every magazine you can think of, and quite a few you’ve never heard of."Angry White Men", his photo book, is in permanent collection of U. of Oregon. Pinhole photo project with his 9 yr. old daughter won 3rd prize at the Glencoe Elementary School Science Fair.


March 10, 2009

Minis, Vespas, and Ladies’ Night

Nick Nacca / San Diego
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Native Californian. Enjoys carne asada burritos, good IPA beers, and repairing broken mountain bikes. Owns a Dalmatian named Chelsea. Got into photography because painting was too slow. Those blue things below are hot tubs, in case you were wondering.
Erica Freudenstein / New York
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Began her career by stealing a camera. From her brother. She was a child at the time, don’t worry. He wasn’t interested in it, but she certainly was. Landed first editorial assignment while in college. Now enjoys branding for AT&T, Foot Locker, McDonald’s, etc., in addition to mags.
JMG / Baltimore
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Work is in the Baltimore Museum of Art. Treasure hunt hint: it’s of a naked woman holding a statue, and you can find it on his website. He also has a project called "24 Hour Polka People". Once did a shoot in his mom’s basement because it had a ’70’s period look.


March 4, 2009

Clowns, Hotels and Admen

David Sacks / New York
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Eighth grade had its ups and downs for David. Up because he got his first girlfriend that year.
Down because she abruptly dumped him the following month. Up because he received a
used 35mm camera for his birthday. ‘Nuff said.
conceptual photographer
Darius Kuzmickas / Las Vegas
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Hails from Kaunas, Lithuania. His pinhole camera photography has hung in many museums and galleries. Has worked with a Department of Leisure Services. Web site recently won AIGA award. His work appears in Las Vegas on a series of 8-foot backlit glass columns.
architecture photographer
Michael Thad Carter / Austin
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A Mississippian from a Cajun family of six. Has a twin sister. Got out of the state as soon
as he reached a decent age. Spent time in Denver and Nashville. Graduated with a
graphic design degree. Paints. Bikes around Austin. Is a bit of a foodie.
portraiture photographer


February 23, 2009

Slackers, Tea and Bling

Todd Warnock / New York
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Watches a ton of films and is also a voracious reader. The two inspire many of his images.
Also a voracious eater, enhanced by his mad cooking skills. Married a german woman.
She’s a product designer. No kids. 2 cats.
Fashion photographer
Susan Seubert / Portland
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Based in Portland, Oregon and Maui, Hawaii. Spends more time traveling the world
on assignment. Excited about eucalyptus trees, friar birds and currawongs.
Ask her what a currawong is. Recently fed by Iron Chef Steve.
Travel photographer
Bob Croslin / Tampa
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Has a penchant for photographing buff people. Makes athletes look even more interesting.
Ask him the next time you need to paint with flashlights and LED pens. His wife thinks he’s
a music snob. He thinks he’s even more passionate about photography.
Fashion photographer


February 19, 2009

It’s All About the Images

Juan Manuel Garcia / Miami
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Born in Columbia. Married to a German woman. Has studios in Bogota and Miami. Has 2 kids. Originally started in business administration. Studied photography in Switzerland. Shot some of those "Got Milk" ads. Walmart, too.
Fashion photographer
Brian Bloom / New York
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Armed with a degree in economics. Grew up in three cities that will never make a "10 best" list. Never shot for the high school newspaper. In 12 months, worked in India, Singapore, Scotland, Czech Republic, Greece, China, Korea, and New Jersey.
Sports photographer


February 11, 2009

The Changing Roles of The Automotive Photographer

When John Early, one of our automotive photographers, prepares for a shoot, it now could mean one of many things. Wonderful Machine’s Los Angeles-based shooter has more than embraced the various technologies that his field has seen: he was an early pioneer of the “VR” imagery that every auto manufacturer has used on their websites. This enhancement to traditional still photography allows web users to view their potential dream purchase from all angles, even as if they were sitting inside the car.

John says that he “got into VR in the late 1990s when I saw that the only people doing VRs (panoramas or objects) of cars were computer-geek companies that had the technology down, but not the aesthetic eye and lighting skills to make the car look good.”

His early adoption even caught the attention of Apple computers, who features him on their website (apparently his first Apple computer was an Apple IIe with dual 360K floppy drives). They profile one example where John used 30 cameras to create a VR video.

Recently, with the popularity of of CGI (3D imagery), advertising agencies have even hired John as a director of photography and lighting. He doesn’t pick up a camera for these projects, but instead guides computer artists to make the images look realistic and well-lit. John says that this process is still very expensive, so traditional photography still has a place in the automotive industry, at least for a while.

Speaking of which, John also has an involved process when he’s shooting on location. He displays a behind the scenes video on his website which documents several shoots. In some instances you’ll see his use of a carbon fiber “boom arm” which extends to fifty feet, and is rigged to both the car and the camera. The result gives a more natural appearance of motion than Photoshop can provide for him, while maintaining a crisp image of the car:

John Early’s work appears on many automotive websites and in print, and you can see more of his photography and motion photography on his own website. You’ll also notice the same attention to detail displayed in his still life photography. 


February 3, 2009

Miss Taken Identity

At first glance, Barbara Green creates solid children’s lifestyle photography for clothing companies and portraits of the famous and not-as-famous. But dig a little deeper, and this Wonderful Machine photographer shows a wilder side that has helped capture the imagination of magazines, newspapers, and national radio.

The Los Angeles photographer recently shot all of the portraits for the Virgin book, A La Cart: The Secret Lives of Grocery Shoppers, by Hillary Carlip, which whimsically profiles 26 people and their oddball shopping habits. The difference is, all twenty-six fictional characters are portrayed by one real-life performance artist, Ms. Carlip.

Indeed, all of the following photographs are actually of the same woman. Hillary wrote the book as an offshoot of her hobby of collecting grocery store shopping lists that she finds on the floor. She created the characters based on who she imagined would have dropped those shopping lists. The book’s website has an entertaining video which quickly explains the concept.

From the Los Angeles magazine six-page spread about the book

A La Cart has caught the attention of Entertainment Weekly, National Public Radio, The Wall St. Journal, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and many others, including the actress/author/performance artist Amy Sedaris, who proclaimed, “I wish I had thought of this idea — I’m so jealous.”

From Publisher’s Weekly: “The 26 vivid photographic portraits and accompanying narratives display the author’s humor, grace and a brilliantly creative eye. Carlip’s alter egos are larger than life and twice as entertaining… A hilarious, delightful, unique achievement.

You can check out more of Barbara Green’s photographs on her portfolio website. And to see a sample of her comfort with working with children, take a look at this behind-the-scenes video of a recent skate shoot. Barbara says of her approach: “I have a “young” attitude” which helps the kids relate to me, and put them at ease. At one point in the street/skate photo shoot, I handed my assistant the camera, got on a skateboard, and blew the kids away with some of my “old school skate skills”.  They never really expect the photographer to have as much fun as they do…


January 26, 2009

YouTube/VH1 Phenom Joins Wonderful Machine

Noah Kalina, New York photographer, has recently joined Wonderful Machine. Aside from his ad and editorial work, Noah is best known for the following YouTube video which catapulted him to immediate web fame and ultimately producing self-portraits with Paris Hilton and many other celebrities: 

The concept was relatively simple, but required dedication: he photographed himself every day for 6 years, editing the images to original music composed by his then-girlfriend. Then he posted the video to YouTube.

Noah’s video captured the imagination of millions of web viewers: 11,898,840 to date, in fact. Within four days of posting the video, he was listed as a Yahoo Pick. Five days later, Good Morning America features his post on a live television broadcast. Then Katie Couric mentions him on CBS Evening News. And on and on (detailed on Noah’s website about the video).

Then the unlikely happens: about three months later, VH1 calls Noah to have him produce more self-portraits, this time to air on live television, and he’s to be accompanied by celebrities who’ve just won their “Big in ‘06″ award. 

In a Washington Post interview, Kalina detailed how it all went down:

“I got a call from one of the producers of the show and they invited me to come out to Los Angeles and do this project backstage. A little hesitant, I asked if any of the celebrities would even know who I was. They assured me that my video was so big and such a huge part of popular culture everyone would know who I was. Of course that was not the case…

I just sat there while the producers wrangled all of the celebrities once they got off stage. It was funny hearing the producers trying to explain the project to the different celebrities…”

But the majority of the celebrities went along with it, and their portrait with Kalina ran during the commercial breaks and at the end of the show. Noah photographed himself alongside Paris Hilton, Fergie,, Hulk Hogan, Weird Al Yancovic, David Hasselhof, and others. Dominic Monaghan and Megan Mullally were the only stars who turned down the photo op. 

Since the awards, the YouTube song accompanying the video went on sale at iTunes by popular demand, and eventually The Simpsons parodied the video. In addition, Noah has shot a variety of editorial and advertising assignments, some of which are featured on his commercial photography website (such as the following spread from Seed).


January 20, 2009

All In the Family

“It is rare in contemporary photography to encounter a series of pictures this beautiful, compelling, innocent, and intriguing.”

Thus begins the essay by Andy Grundberg, known internationally for his articles in The New York Times and photography books,  introducing Boston Photographer Blake Fitch’s monograph, Expectations of Adolescence. 

The Wonderful Machine photographer has received a generous amount of attention for her 10-year body of work, which focuses exclusively on her sister and cousin as they grow through adolescence into early adulthood. Grundberg’s essay, and others, often compare Fitch’s work to the likes of Sally Mann and Rineke Dijkstra.

In the past year alone, Blake’s work was acquired by both The George Eastman House and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This, in addition to other works having been exhibited internationally.

Expectation of Adolescence will appear most notably from March through April 2009 at the Chelsea gallery Clampart, and at the Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography from April to June.

You can see more of her fine art and commercial work at