Frank Ockenfels III Los Angeles, California
Frank Ockenfels 3 is a Los Angeles based photographer who for over 30 years has enjoyed collaborating and creating with actors, artists, musicians, politicians, athletes and everyday people.
As a portrait photographer Frank’s work has crossed over into every category. Frank has photographed countless TV advertising campaigns for all the major networks and cable channels.
Frank’s work for major movie posters include many of the most popular films of our time. His work has also appeared as Theatrical advertising with shows such as Book of Mormon and Once.
His editorial work has appeared in almost every major magazine.
Frank has photographed over 200 album covers and press shoots for both major and independent record labels with various musicians.
Frank’s ability to adapt to any situation as well as staying away from the obvious seem to be qualities that set him apart from other photographers. Frank thrives on pushing the boundaries of digital photography and believes in collaborating. In many ways Frank is unconventional. He believes that photography can still have moments of purity without being overly conceptualized or retouched.
Brendan Meadows Vancouver, British Columbia
Brendan Meadows was given his first Polaroid camera in 1986 and captured Princess Diana on his second exposure during Expo ’86 in Vancouver. She was 23; He was 10. The beginning of a fascination with the human subject and has been been illuminating the the most captivating facets of people ever since. Meadows’ thrives on challenge and pushing the conventional applications of the craft. Throughout this mission, he’s contributed photographs to Vice, Inventory, and Rolling Stone, and many other publications. Today this work continues with portrait and entertainment photography for networks such as FOX, AMC, A&E and CW. Also founded three successful and influential art projects: Drawn to Develop, Front Lines and Covet Exhibition.
Simply put, an inspired wanderer; a collector of people and places; a catcher of beauty as it changes.
Margaret Malandruccolo Los Angeles, California
Born as an only child to Italian-immigrant parents , Margaret Malandruccolo grew up in a little automotive town in Canada, quickly developing a fondness for cars, rust and scrap metal. Her parents instilled in her a love for travel, great food & wine, and a life behind the lens.
“Romance” is the strongest trait in her film and photography work, given the love for her Italian heritage. She has a cinematic approach to conveying emotion, an incredible technical background in lighting and camera work, and a sincere connection with her subjects. Her signature style uses bold colors and dramatic lighting, while stealing a glimpse into the often-hidden emotional world of her subjects.
Climbing the ranks through photography, camera assisting, editing and cinematography, her sacrifices and years of workaholic stress paid off in working with exceptional talents such as Russell Crowe, Avril Lavigne, DJ Tiesto, Tony Ward, Renee Russo, Colm Wilkinson, and Dwight Yoakam, directing numerous #1 videos throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada as well as establishing such advertising clients as Canon Cameras, General Motors, Hyatt Hotels, Puma Sportswear, and Molson Beer.
Now living in Los Angeles (and getting back to Canada as often as possible), Margaret furthers her photography work in advertising and entertainment while embarking upon more film projects.
She has directed over 100 music videos, won two Juno Awards and four CCMA Awards among numerous others. She returns over and over to her still photography roots, grounding herself in a focused chaos.
And always dreams of the day she’ll run away to Italy.
Bryce Duffy Los Angeles, California
Born in British Columbia, Bryce Duffy’s worldview was influenced at an early age by his childhood experiences exploring the west with his parents and older brother. Initially inspired by photojournalism he began exploring photography’s power to tell stories and soon after high school began his career as a photographer.
Over the years Duffy’s work has focused on a number of different areas but what has remained constant is a sincere desire to understand and document the human experience, and exploring our relationship with the world we inhabit.
When he’s not shooting, Duffy enjoys skiing through trees, surfing alone and seeing big bands in small venues. He’s surprisingly nimble with a chainsaw, and his vegan eggs benedict challenge preconceptions.
Janette Beckman New York, New York
Londoner Janette Beckman began her career at the dawn of punk rock working for The Face and Melody Maker. She shot bands from The Clash to Boy George as well as 3 Police album covers.
Moving to New York in 1982, she was drawn to the underground Hip Hop scene. Her photographs of pioneers such as Run DMC, Slick Rick, Salt’n’Pepa, Grandmaster Flash, Big Daddy Kane are in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Museum and the Museum of the City of New York.
Janette has published four books: ‘Rap, Portraits & Lyrics of a Generation of Black Rockers’, ‘Made In The UK The Music of Attitude 1977-1983’, ‘The Breaks, Stylin’ and Profilin’ 1982-1990′ and ‘El Hoyo Maravilla’.
Janette lives and works in New York City. She is the New York editor for the British style magazine ‘Jocks&Nerds’.
Jenny Lens Los Angeles, California
Jenny Lens earned a BA in Art from California State University and MFA in Design from Cal Arts.
Her iconic and often uncredited shots are rarely exhibited, but are in demand more than ever. Her photos have been published internationally since 1976 in legendary fanzines such as Slash, Flipside, and Back Door Man, in mainstream magazines Creem, Rolling Stone, Spin, and NME, Melody Maker, and MOJO in England, and have been featured in documentaries including American Hardcore, Punk: Attitude, and Ramones Too Tough to Die.
Shin Sugino Toronto, Ontario
The “selfie” revolution notwithstanding, a photographer is by definition an outsider. As an art photographer, my role, my pleasure, is to capture a subject, a scene, of which I am not a part.
This is a metaphor for my life. For most of my years, I understood family, culture and community only as an observer. Born in Japan and raised by French nuns, I initially studied to become a priest. But I became disillusioned and went to Canada to take up photography. I have always felt part of many cultures,but at home in none.
Perhaps as a remedy, for more than five decades I have used my camera unflinchingly to explore the themes of my experience, among them the contradictions and limitations of Catholicism and the connections I’ve made with subjects that served as a substitute for family.
So there are refrains that echo throughout my work: religious zeal, sensuous forms, concealed identity, cultural dislocation and suffering and redemption through art. My images are black and white, devoid of colourful distractions. As such, they are a simple, unfettered way to convey what has made me.
The irony of photographer as outsider, of course, is that the resulting image transforms me to insider — the viewer can see what I chose to capture, and imagine what I did not. I’ve become intertwined with the subject. My art may not be a remedy, after all, but it has brought me closer to belonging than I ever thought imaginable.
Andrew Eccles New York, New York
Andrew Eccles was born in England and settled in New York City in 1983 to pursue photography seriously. Within 3 months Andrew landed an apprenticeship with Annie Leibovitz lasting three years. That was followed by brief stints working alongside Robert Mapplethorpe and Steven Meisel.
Over the past 25 years his work has appeared on the covers of countless magazines worldwide. He has also created an abundance of advertising images for the film, television, Broadway, and music.
Andrew’s first book Ailey Ascending, published in 2008, celebrates The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 50th Anniversary and solidified Andrew’s longtime collaboration with the Company.
Andrew’s other longstanding relationship merges photography with his obsession for Ice Hockey. He has been photographing the New York Rangers for the past 17 years.
Bryan Helm New York, New York
Based in New York, Bryan’s calm demeanor and inviting smile enables him to easily connect with his subjects. When the inhibitions are dispelled and a common ground has been established, he is able to create unique images and provide his clients with work that exceeds their expectations.
In addition to his many photographic ventures, Bryan has also been working extensively within the motorcycle community. He has photographed a multitude of people with interesting personalities, as well as celebrity bike builders including Indian Larry, Paul Cox, Keino, Russell Mitchell and The Ice Cream Man from Hell. Luerzers Archive has selected him four times for Volumes 1, 3, 4 & 5 of their Top 200 Advertising Photographers Worldwide publications. He has also won numerous awards with Communication Arts, AI-AP, ADCC and Applied Arts.
Bryan has a pretty broad range of appreciation for different cultures, and is always searching for the new and unexpected.
Matt Barnes Toronto, Ontario
Matt Barnes is a Toronto-based photographer, with a proclivity toward pop culture influences, those both oldfangled and fashionable. From photographing superstars like Snoop Dogg and Bradley Cooper, to personal heavyweights like Nick Wooster and Lexi Belle, Matt is as easily at home photographing a family picnic as he is a band of beatniks.
Not one to shy away from big production commercial work, he has framed successful campaigns for companies such as Redbull, Virgin, Sony, Xbox, Budweiser, Pepsi, Jägermeister, Visa & Molson, and has been featured in the pages of Vogue, GQ, Playboy, Rolling Stone & Vibe.
Josh Wool New York, New York
Josh Wool is a Brooklyn, New York based photographer specializing in portraiture, lifestyle, and fashion. After a successful decade long career as a chef, Josh left his home in the South to focus his creative energy on making honest, intimate, and timeless images in New York City.
In just a few short years he has established himself as one of the top new talents. This year Josh was honored with being part of the 2014 PDN 30 and a recipient of Visual Supply Company’s Artist Initiative Grant.
Along with a growing commercial client list, his work has also been shown in galleries next to legends Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Lee Friedlander, Vivian Maier, William Klein, Saul Leiter, William Eggleston, and Garry Winogrand.
Barry Wentzell Toronto, Ontario
Born on May 25th, 1942 in Durham, northern England, Barrie was educated in Kent and London, attending Maidstone Art School in Kent in the late 1950’s. His first job at Manhattan Displays on Greek Street in London’s Soho occupied him from 1959 to 1961, during which time he became an avid scrabble player under the tuition of author, performer, wit and philosopher, Quentin Crisp. He continued on to work at Color Applications, a photo studio in the Belgravia area of London learning photography basics from 1961 to 1962. It was then, upon meeting his soon to become mentor, photojournalist Maurice Newcombe, that he would be inspired to pursue a photographic career of his own.
During the early 1960’s, Barrie began diversifying into the worlds of fashion, music and advertising. In 1965 he had a chance encounter with the young Diana Ross. The image he made of this yet-to-be global super-star became a riveting front cover of The Melody Maker, England’s most renowned music publication, which caught the attention of Bob Houston, the assistant editor at the time. Houston was to contact Barrie and sign him on as exclusive chief photographer for the paper.
Barrie went on to shoot for the Melody Maker from 1965 until 1975, one of the most important decades in the history of popular music, photographing many unknown musicians who would later become legends and household names. Celebrated artists such as Louis Armstrong, Aretha Franklin, Count Basie, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez and rock and roll icons such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and countless more all have their place in Barrie Wentzell’s vast archive.
Barrie lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
Nigel Dickson Toronto, Ontario
Born and raised in England, Dickson moved to Canada in 1974 and began a prolific career in which he has produced some of the most provocative and arresting portraits of many famous Canadians.
Dickson’s work has been published by Toronto Life, Details, Esquire, Saturday Night, Forbes, Business Week, the Globe and Mail, Rolling Stone, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Weekend, Chatelaine, and Fast Company. He has won sixteen National Magazine Awards, (the most awarded to any artist in the Visual Design category’s history), 25 Advertising & Design Club of Canada Awards, two international ANDY Awards, the Les Usherwood Award for Lifetime Achieved from the Advertising & Design Club of Canada, and several others in both Canada and the United States.
Peter Sibbald Toronto, Ontario
As a Greater Toronto Area documentary photojournalist and editorial photographer, Peter travels worldwide on editorial, documentary and corporate photography assignments. Peter has an extensive digital and analog library including environmental portraits of many of the most interesting people of our time, and would be pleased to help you with your research.
Peter grew up on the Lake Simcoe shore lands of his pioneer ancestors near Sibbald’s Point, Ontario. After completing two degrees at Queen’s University, Peter began freelancing for the Kingston Whig Standard in 1983 and three years later launched his magazine career covering the Boston Marathon for TIME.
Since then, Peter has worked on assignments in North America and Asia for many of the top US and Canadian news, business and geographical magazines. From 1995 to 1999 Peter was the official portraitist to Their Excellencies Romeo LeBlanc and Diana Fowler LeBlanc, Office of the Governor General of Canada.
Rob Dutchin Toronto, Ontario
Back in 1995, Rob Dutchin set up his first studio space at Queen and Bathurst, where he cut his teeth on editorial fashion photography. Coincidentally, it was what was going on outside of his studio in the bars and clubs that drew Rob to his second passion, punk rock. Naturally, it made the most sense to meld these two passions.
Camera in hand, Rob immortalized seminal Canadian musicians, such as Sum 41, Alexisonfire, and Billy Talent, as well as international acts like Depeche Mode, Radiohead and Joe Strummer.
With his years of camera experience, Rob made the move to the Big Freeze, producing motion content for major broadcasters and agencies for over fifteen years. Today, Rob is a seasoned Director of Photography and is currently in pre-production on a feature film.
Cory Wilyman Toronto, ON
Cory Wilyman grew up in an idyllic small town in Ontario. Inspired by the cover of a Pixies album collaboration by photographer Simon Larbalestier and graphic designer Vaughan Oliver, Cory enrolled in the Photography Program at Ryerson University. With all due respect to his hometown, he wanted to get out there and experience some of the more eclectic things that the world has to offer. Cory has also been strongly influenced by artists such as Nick Cave, Perry Farrell, Robert Frank, Joel-Peter Witkin and Robert Park Harrison. Wilyman is now an accomplished Director of Photography in the Toronto film industry. He has worked behind the lens on shoots for U2, the Rolling Stones, NFL Superbowl intro, Hockey Night in Canada intro, and countless commercials for clients which include Jaguar, Land Rover, Merck, Pfizer, Budweiser, Visa, Rogers, and Nintendo, to name a few. He has traversed the planet for his profession but fine art photography remains his true passion. He regards his hound dog Yogi as his best friend and creative muse.