Exhibited Artists

ANTHONY ACOSTA

Anthony is a professional skateboard photographer from the greater Los Angeles area. His work has been featured in magazines worldwide throughout his decade of experience. He enjoys the sport and respects the athletes for which he is able to capture from angles and compositions that are unique to his craft. Acosta is very passionate about documenting the adventures that ensue upon road trips taken with friends. As far as his skate photos, he embraces the challenges of shooting an old spot differently and trying to capture the perfect angle. He has been a staff photographer for Vans and The Skateboard Mag for almost ten years.


RAY BARBEE

Ray with his Leica M6 brings the same unique perspective to the art of black and white film photography that he has brought to skateboarding over the past 30 years. Originally from San Jose, California, Barbee made his first appearance in the skate film, “Public Domain” and followed it up with his most iconic video part in the movie, “Ban This.” Other than being a professional skater and photographer, he is also a music writer and multi-instrumentalist. A self described, “Jack of all Trades, Master of None,” Barbee seamless approach to capturing a moment, nurturing the image through the development process, and bringing it to fruition in the dark room makes his photographs as humble and honest as the man behind the lens.


MICHAEL BENARI

Michael was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and moved to New York at a young age. He received his BA from Columbia College, and his MD from Downstate Medical Center in New York. His first professional life was in medicine, but having an early love for art and photography, he felt inspired to commit fully to photography in 2007.

Benari has shown work in both solo and group shows, including the Danforth Museum, the Photographic Resource Center in Boston, AIPAD with the Andrea Meislin Gallery in New York, the Robert Anderson Gallery in New York, the Red Filter Gallery in NJ, the Alfred Gallery in Tel Aviv and 555Gallery in Boston. His work as been featured in BW Gallerist and Artnet.

Benari has self-published several books, including SHOAH, Viva Viva, Manhattan Project and GREY.

Benari divides his time working in Boston and New York.


MATHIEU BITTON

Mathieu 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.

 


GRANT BRITTAIN

Grant picked up a camera at the age of 25 years old and started shooting his friends skateboarding at the Del Mar Skate Ranch. The “Ranch” was a skatepark in a small beach town north of San Diego, California that he managed in the early 1980s. It was there that he honed his photographic skills. Brittain attended photography courses that Palomar Junior College had to offer. With that he learned how to manipulate his 35mm camera. While at college, an influential instructor introduced Brittain to the vast world of photography, and set him on his creative path. Over the past twenty years, Brittain has helped TransWorld grow into one of the most popular skate magazine and has captured the best skateboarders of the last two decades. He has also taught some of the best skate photographers, past and present, and helped them develop their own work. Over the years, Brittain’s personal abstract work, landscapes, and travel images seem to draw from the opposite energy of hs action images. His body of work reflects his deep involvement in an emerging youth culture, as well as his escape from it.

 


JOE BROOK

Joe left Michigan at the age of 19 to follow his love of skateboarding. The iconic landscape and skate history of San Francisco let him west where he would spend days skating through the city, eventually being inspired by it’s architecture and people led him to pick up a camera and his passion for photography grew. He later combined his two loves and was able to land his dream job at High Speed Productions, Thrasher, Slap, and Juxtapoz Magazines which enabled him to travel the world with various skateboarding teams. Brook is never without a camera in hand and thus, captures images daily that conveys his ever changing surroundings.

 


EJ Camp

While renowned for her rich photographic career including celebrity portraits, magazine covers, movie posters and advertising campaigns, additionally EJ Camp has created extraordinary fine art landscape images. For over 30 years, and throughout the progression of her editorial and commercial career, Camp has photographed the sea and its shores. Her credits include GQ, Glamour, Elle, Esquire, L’Uomo Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Men’s Health, New York, Sports Illustrated, ABC, CBS, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Pictures, Showtime, Sony Pictures and Warner Brothers. Recent exhibitions include “Sand & Water” at Leica Store Miami; “Sea” at Leica Gallery Los Angeles; The Rivington Hotel Project, New York; Shelter Art, Shelter Architecture, on Shelter Island, New York; PDN International Expo; The Impossible Project Space and New York, Ralph Pucci, New York City. She also teaches at ICP in Manhattan. EJ Camp was born in San Francisco and lives in New York City and Orient, New York.

“Shooting the sea is not dissimilar from shooting a portrait. It may take some time, in an unforgivable environment and your subject may be cruel and uncooperative. But with patience and coaxing, its guard will be dropped and the soul of the subject will be revealed.” – EJ Camp


THOMAS CAMPBELL

Thomas is a self-taught painter, sculptor, photographer, and filmmaker. He splits his time between his painting, sculptor, and photographic work within his studio in Bonny Doon, California and traverses the globe making films. Campbell’s artworks combine scribbles and scriptures, taking slogans and anecdotes while juxtaposing them with a profound look at human nature. His movement-oriented paintings are as layered with meaning as they are with paint. His photographs mimic the intensity of the paintings, yet in a more abstract fashion. Campbell has mounted solo exhibitions in New York, Paris, Tokyo, Denmark, The Netherlands, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Morocco. In 1999, he completed his first feature length surfing film including The Seeding (1999), Sprout (2004), and The Present (2009). He is also part owner and creative director of a small independent record label Galaxia, which is based in Santa Cruz, California. In 2013, Campbell started a new creative platform called UM YEAH ARTS which is a nexus for the making of books, music, and films.


JON HUMPHRIES

Jon has been described by his admiring colleagues as having a “dramatic vision of the art of skateboarding.” To reach this caliber of skateboarding photography, you have to be a skateboarder – first and foremost. “I grew up skateboarding everyday, so it was natural for me when I got into photography to shoot photos of friends skateboarding,” says Humphries, who was born in Portland, Oregon and now lives between Los Angeles and Portland. He started shooting photos a a junior in high school and very quickly his passion for photography turned to the black and white realm. Other than skateboarding and the culture surrounding this sport, he also loves to shoot portraits. Humphries has made a tremendous mark on the skateboarding culture through his published work in The Skateboard Mag and Transworld Skateboarding. Past and present clients include Nike, Levis, Nikon, Leatherman, Gatorade, Mt. Dew, Dickies, Adidas, The Firm, Flip, Emerica, Es’, Etnies, Burton, Salomon, and Bonfire.


GREG HUNT

Greg began shooting photos in the mid-1990’s as a professional skateboarder. Shortly after working with motion picture film, he eventually began transitioning to work behind the lens full-time. Hunt has since created some skateboarding’s most-seminal films, including Sight Unseen (2001), The DC Video (2003), Mind Field (2009), and Propeller (2015). He has also made films for Levi’s, Patagonia, Gravis, and the National Film Board of Canada as well as music videos for Cat Power and M83, among others. While generally focused on film projects, Hunt has documented nearly everything with his Leica M6 over the last 15 years. His photos have been published in books and magazines worldwide. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his family.


JERRY HSU

Jerry is an American professional skateboarder and photographer born in San Jose, CA. Throughout Jerry’s extensive career as a skater his one-of-a-kind creativity and style on the board have cemented him as a  favorite of skaters worldwide, professionals included. Travelling the globe constantly as a youth, Jerry soon picked up a camera and in a short time his clever eye caught the attention of others and he was exhibiting his work globally. His blogs Table For One and Nazi Gold gave further insight into his unique perspective of the world around him. In 2013 Jerry released his first photo book The Killing Season, shot during a skateboarding / motorcycle trip through Vietnam. Jerry currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and cat.


ATIBA JEFFERSON

Atiba picked up his first camera in high school. With a passion for skateboarding and photography, he combined the two and started submitting photos to Transworld Skateboarding Magazine. Within six months, he was able to obtain a job assisting one of skateboarding’s pioneer photographers, Grant Brittain, who taught him everything he needed to know about light and dodging flying skateboards. At the same time, being a big basketball fan, Jefferson was again able to score a great opportunity assisting Andrew D. Bernstein, one of the NBA’s official photographer. Jefferson now lives in Los Angeles investing in different bars and restaurants, also running his own backpack company Bravo, but his main love is shooting photos, working with clients The Skateboard Mag, Slam, XXL, Nike, Adidas, Pepsi, Miller/Coors and Supreme.


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ALAIN LABOILE

Wrought-iron craftsman, photographer and father to six children, Alain Laboile started a family album in 2007, at the age of 39. His“La Famille”series was, at first, a private treasure. This self-taught photographer who only possesses one picture of his own childhood simply wished to record the passing of time with his family.

Alain Laboile started observing and snapping shots of his children’s carefree games from his shed on an isolated piece of land in the south of France. Without any staging, the photographer-father catches them in symbiosis with nature. The house, the field, the woods and the pond are some of the open-sky sets where telluric forces seem to possess the young moving bodies. A sculptor by training, Alain Laboile sees beyond his subjects: he

gives depth to the images by highlighting a precious detail in the background revealing a treasure, a mystery, a child up in a tree. These photos act like an elixir of life. They take us back to the“state of nature”imagined by the 17th century philosophers. When the world was young, only impulses mattered. The free children liberate themselves from daily burdens.

The family album quickly goes beyond the private setting and seduces the web.  Tens of thousands of internet users all over the world await, daily, the new images of this French“tribe”insolently living on the edge of the world. In December 2012, the New York Times celebrates Alain Laboile’s talent. The first exhibitions ensue in Japan and the United States, then in France in 2014 when the“La Famille”series joined the Musée français de la photographie collection, finally taking Its rightful place in the long tradition of family photography.


CONSTANTINE MANOS

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.

 


JIM MARSHALL

(1936-2010) has been called the most celebrated and prolific photographer of the twentieth century. During the extraordinary rise of popular culture and counterculture in the 1960s, Marshall seemed to be everywhere that mattered. His images of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Brian Jones and Johnny Cash, amongst many more, are woven into the lore of the era. Because Jim lived life alongside his subjects and never betrayed their trust, he

Marshall holds the distinction of being the first and only photographer to be presented with the Recording Academy’s Trustee Award, an honorary Grammy presented to individuals for nonperformance contributions to the music industry. The award was bestowed on the Jim Marshall estate in 2014 in recognition of Marshall’s unprecedented chronicling of music history from the 1950s through the early 2000s.

Effortlessly cool, Marshall immortalized not only the thrill of the performers and their private, unguarded moments but the unique atmosphere and sense of lightness and openness among the crowd; old and young, black and white. These extraordinary images reflect Jim Marshall’s unique talent and lifelong desire to “capture the perfect moment”.

 


DENNIS MCGRATH

Dennis is a Los Angeles based photographer whose roots are in skateboarding, but whose artistic branches extend as far as the reflective photographic eye can see. McGrath spent a majority of his youth in San Francisco documenting skateboarding in what many would call the golden era, landing photos in all the major publications, including covers of Slap and Big Brother Magazine. He’s been an artistic cog in the creative wheels of companies like Huf, DC Shoes, and FTC which have showcased his photos on t shirts, hoodies, shoes, and board graphics. He recently published a photo book documenting the life of the 90’s skateboarding legend that is Lennie Kirk. The book entitled Heaven has been highly praised in both the skateboarding and photographic worlds. He was commissioned by Virgin American Airlines to do a creative series of the brand, which was featured on the Leica Camera blog.


FRED MORTAGNE

Fred better known as French Fred, is a very unique phenomenon in the world of skateboarding photography. Mortagne lives in his hometown of Lyon, France. While the majority of sports photographers concentrate on athletic achievements and capturing the most spectacular tricks, Mortagne produces a completely different perspective by working exclusively in black and white. Mortagne, who started off as a filmmaker, developed what has become known as the ‘frangle’-Fred angle- technique for his videos, where he follows and circles around his protagonists while riding his skateboard like a dolly. He also looks for the same special perspective when taking photographs staging perfectly executed skateboard tricks where the degree of difficulty is less important that the elegance of the movement, in front of a backdrop of dramatically composed architectural lines. The plunging lines of the architecture merge with the skateboarder in flight, the athlete appears to be a natural part of the urban biotope.


EILEEN MCCARNEY MULDOON

Eileen is a fine arts photographer living and working in Jamestown, RI. Her photographic style has been described as painterly, but she prefers to attribute her style to the gift that photography has given her to see the world with the eyes of an artist. She uses natural light as a means to express emotion. Cartier–Bresson knew when he captured the “decisive moment” in his street photography. Eileen too, has expressed the joy of capturing that moment, but in a very different manner. Her “decisive moment” is when she feels she loses herself to her subject & knows there is a complete union. She believes that her finest images all share that moment. When Eileen is not working on her art, she is teaching photography at local, regional and international workshops. Her work has been exhibited at Newport Art Museum, The Providence Art Club, Mystic Arts Center and numerous galleries throughout New England and New York. Additionally, Eileen has had two books published and is currently working on her third.


MARK DE PAOLA

Mark 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.

 


AHMET POLAT

Ahmet is a photographer whose work is connected to his habit of observation and directing. Motivated to capture the unexpected, the quality of his work has earned the deserved respect of serious critique. Since graduating from the St Joost Academy in Holland, Ahmet has won several awards and grants like the ICP Infinity Award 2006, Laureate Photographer of the Dutch Nation 2015 and he has exhibited, lectured and published prolifically, ranking Bozarts in Brussels, the Istanbul Modern, Rijksmuseum, FOAM and Stedelijk Amsterdam, the NY Times, French and Turkish Vogue as some of prestiges places. Born of a Dutch mother and Turkish father, Ahmet integrates his bi-cultural perspective in everything he does.

He is currently working on an ongoing theatre, film and exhibition called, The Myth of Men which just opened during the Istanbul Biennial in 2017.

 


ARTO SAARI

Arto is a professional skateboarder, photographer, and cinematographer born and raised in Seinäjoki, Finland. Based in Los Angeles, Saari grew up in front of the lenses of the most elite skateboard photojournalists from around the world. Since receiving his first 35mm camera from the legendary Skin Philips, Arto continues to approach photography with a genuine curiosity and reverence for making images ranging from contemporary portraits to street-style documentary. His prints are a reflection of his integrity and understanding that the printed image matters, and that how it reads on paper is extremely important not only to him but the viewer. Saari’s work is a visual diary; a pictorial history to remember the journey and those that inspire it.

 


MAGGIE STEBER

Maggie is a documentary photographer who has worked in 67 countries on stories concerning the human experience. Her honors include a Guggenheim Foundation Grant for 2017-2018 for The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma, Leica Medal of Excellence, World Press Photo First Prize in Spot News, the Overseas Press Club, Pictures of the Year for Best Documentary Photo, the Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service to Journalism from the University of Missouri, the Alicia Patterson Grant, the Ernst Haas Grant, and a Knight Foundation grant for the New American Newspaper project, a visually-driven tabloid researched and conceived by Steber. In 2014, Steber was named as one of 11 Women of Vision by National Geographic Magazine. She served as Director of Photography at The Miami Herald from 1999 to 2003 where the photo staff won a Pulitzer Prize and were twice finalists. Her photographs are included in the Library of Congress, The Richter Collection, the Guggenheim Foundation Collection and many private collections. Maggie works for various publications including National Geographic Magazine. She teaches workshops around the world and has served as a judge for many grants and organizations including World Press Photo, Pulitzer Prize, the Alexia Grant and the Alicia Patterson Grant.  She recently joined VII Photo

Agency as an Emeritus Member.

 


ED TEMPLETON

Ed is a respected cult figure in the subculture of skateboarding, his paintings, photographs, drawings, and mixed-media installations take their inspiration from the subculture he is a part of and the suburban environment he lives in. Templeton is also a two-time world- champion professional skateboarder since 1990, and the founder/creative force behind Toy Machine Skateboard Company since 1993. His work has been shown at MOCA, Los Angeles, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, S.M.A.K. Museum, Belgium, Ernst Museum, Budapest, Kiasma Museum, Helsinki, Kunsthalle, Vienna, and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, UK. Over 10 books of his photography have been published. He has been using a Leica M6 camera for 20 years.

 


TOBIN YELLAND

Tobin’s journey into photography started at fourteen in the 80’s San Francisco skate scene. He skated and made photographs of the culture that surrounded him, honing his vision that would eventually turn him into the artist he is today. Photography became everything to him, even more than skateboarding, as it offered him the ability to capture the world the way he saw it. Yelland has shot movie posters and worked for many magazines including Hypebeast, Surfers Journal, New York Times and Huck, campaigns for Fender guitars, Calvin Klein, RVCA, Levis and Vans. He has been exhibiting his photography and film work worldwide for over 20 years including The Luggage Store, Deitch Projects, Thread Waxing Space, White Columns, New York, Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, and Dazed And Confused Gallery London, among others. Whether working on commercial or fine art projects, Yelland finds an outlet for art and inspiration, an opportunity for growth, and a constant reminder that with hard work and perseverance anything is possible.


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