November 2010 Insight

November 1, 2010

By RF Staff

This issue was originally tagged “10 Best Up and Coming Photographers!” Then we realized that some were already famous in niche circles and our moniker for the issue made it sound like they are all in their 20s. So our next stab at a handle was, “10 Great Photographers You Don’t Know About!” That seemed to work for a short time, but we couldn’t agree on the number—10, 12, 14, perhaps an odd number like 13?

So, cut to the chase, this issue is really about a number of fine photographers that you should know about because they are immensely talented, or are making huge inroads in their particular niche markets. In no particular order, here they are: Vincent Laforet (pg. 62), or as author Abby Ronck refers to him, simply, “The Man.” He was the youngest-ever staff photographer on the New York Times, a Pulitzer winner and, not insignificantly, the first photographer to shoot video with the 5D Mark II, a video that when posted went viral and had 2 million viewings in the first week.

Steve Grubman (pg. 78) is an animal specialist. He gets them to make the most unlikely expressions and he is best known for the now-famous Chick-fil-A “Eat Mor Chikin” campaign. Sandro (pg. 20) is a highly regarded editorial and fine art photographer who has been honored as a Nikon “Legend”, exhibited widely throughout Europe, but is probably best known for his remarkable portraits. Sarah Dunn (pg. 30) photographs A-listers, is a certified movie fanatic and lives and works both in L.A. and the U.K., where she’s from.

Her major clients these days are the big motion picture studios like Fox and Universal. Judy Herrmann (pg. 10) is a successful commercial photographer, past president of ASMP and an experienced workshop teacher specializing in the art of reinvention. Michael Penn (pg. 86) is a, as his article is called, “Street Witness,” a highly attuned photojournalist who oddly loves the clean square symmetry of the Hasselblad format, even though he shoots with Nikons.

His work is richly cinematic. Josef Hoflehner (pg. 48) has had a dream career as a photographer. Thirty-six years a pro, he started self-publishing coffee-table books in 2001 and to his delight, they were a big success. He has always wanted to photograph St. Petersburg, Russia, in winter and even though he had to wait a year for snow, his portfolio is magnificent. Liz Huston (pg.40) has a great many interests as a fine-art photographer, but the one we were most interested in is her ethereal pinhole landscapes, which resemble dreamscapes. Jared Milgrim (pg. 136) started photographing bands in high school. Now at 24, he is represented by Corbis and Getty Images and well thought of by the musicians—he is also a frequent contributor to Rolling Stone.

Cherie Steinberg (pg. 112) is a well rounded commercial photographer who does everything well, but she makes fashion and boudoir images that are a cut above. Kevin Twomey (pg. 94) does diptychs—two different but similar images combined in one frame to convey a unique or unusual reaction. We hope you like this special issue!

Bill Hurter, Editor

On The Cover
creator:   Sandro    
location:   Studio/Chicago, IL
camera:  Mamiya RZ67 with 110mm lens
exposure:  Shot with a 16-inch beauty dish, at 1/400 at f/32 on Kodak Portra 160 VC film.
subject: John Malkovich
credit: Photo copyright © SANDRO
comments: “I have been photographing John Malkovich for over 10 years. John and I worked together in 2007/2008 when I created this shot, called ‘Green on Green.’ The interesting part was the fact that John was coming to the studio on Monday, and it was in the middle of the night on Friday when this shot came into my head.

The next day I was in the fabric stores choosing the material that would make up John’s suit and background. With an almost impossible deadline, my seamstress completed his suit minutes before he arrived at the studio that morning. Recently, John and I spent another day collaborating together as we prepare for an upcoming exhibition in 2011 of all the images I have created of him.”