The son of Greek immigrant parents, Constantine Manos grew up in South Carolina and joined the school camera club at the age of thirteen. At the age of eighteen he discovered Cartier-Bresson and Magnum and made his first serious pictures. At the age of nineteen he became the official photographer for the Boston Symphony at its summer music festival at Tanglewood.
Manos joined Magnum Photos in 1964. His books include Portrait of A Symphony, A Greek Portfolio, Bostonians, American Color, and American Color 2. Manos’ photographs are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the George Eastman House in Rochester, the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, and the Benaki Museum in Athens. In 2003 he won the Leica Medal of Excellence out of a worldwide field of 250 entries.
Mark de Paola is a director and fine art photographer based in New York City whose work is in the fashion and beauty sector in both still and motion pictures. De Paola has shot countless campaigns including Gucci, Brioni, and MAC Cosmetics as well as editorials and covers for various publications including Vogue Spain, Vogue Mexico, and Interview Magazine. His storytelling has also been translated across a broad range of television work, having directed nearly seven hundred spots including Anheuser-Busch for the Super Bowl, Giorgio Perfume (exhibited in MoMA New York), Donna Karan, Neutrogena, Sephora, Sony, Toyota, Kawasaki, and Ford Motorsports.
De Paola continues to work with select clients around the world combining his artistic sensibilities. One of his most recent works is the Art of Backstage worldwide collaboration with Aveda. Producing and directing multiple upcoming feature films, including Proof Film, as well as producing his own fine art portfolios, de Paola melds the crossroads between both fine art and commercial aesthetic.
Mathieu Bitton is often dubbed the “photographer of the stars,” French-born Grammy Award nominated artist Mathieu Bitton has designed over 800 CDs, LPs, DVDs, posters, books and other products and is a world-renowned collector and authority on Black films. Bitton has worked as Lenny Kravitz’s Creative Director and Photographer since 2008, having recently released a book with Rizzoli. Recent projects also include photography for an upcoming Dave Chappelle Netflix special, books on Bob Dylan and the film “The Nice Guys” for Rizzoli, the Alex Gibney-directed and Mick Jagger-produced “Mr Dynamite” artwork and new releases by Lenny Kravitz, Stevie Wonder, Robert Glasper, Miles Davis and Earth, Wind & Fire, film posters for films including Kevin McDonald’s award-winning “Marley” and Jane’s Addcition’s “A Cabinet Of Curiosities” (Grammy nominated). Clients/subjects have included Prince, Sting, The Rolling Stones, Bruno Mars, Lana Del Rey, Phjarrelle Williams, Jay-Z, Gary Clark, Jr. Sidney Poitier, Quincy Jones, Quentin Tarantino, James Brown, Dick Gregory, Raphael Saadiq, Smokey Robinson, The Jackson 5, Lionel Richie, Harry Belafonte, Iggy Pop, Buddy Guy, Run-DMC, Barry White and Dolly Parton. Bitton is the 2012 recipient of one of France’s highest honors, Chevalier De L’Ordre Des Arts et Des Lettres (Knight of the order of arts & letters). His first feature documentary film “Looking Back On Love” about Lenny Kravitz was released to high praise in 2013. He also serves as Blue Note Records Photographer since 2015. New projects include both a book and feature film documentary on Prince. The first edition of his Darker Than Blue book with Leica sold out in a couple months. Previous exhibitions include Travelogue, 2013, Sheats-Goldstein residence, Los Angeles, CA and Ascension, 2015, Ostlicht Gallery In Vienna and in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2016 – both in collaboration with Leica. His current touring exhibition Darker Than Blue opened to huge success at Leica Gallery Los Angeles and is making its East Coast premiere at Leica Gallery Boston.