Robert Maxwell is the first in a series I’ll be posting on photographers that inspire me. His work is so singular, and recognizable. I love the power and I love the honesty of his portraiture and the duality of his work, its both classic & contemporary. Originally a surfer from La Jolla in California, it wasnt till his girlfriend bought him a camera at the age of 28 that he thought about photography as a possible career. Even then he thought of it as something only rich people did. Jan Wenner of Rolling Stone gave him his first big break shooting seventeen pages of men’s fashion. Soon after he moved his wife and family to New York, he now mainly shoots celebrity portraits and fashion for some of the most prestigious magazines of our time, such as American Vogue, W, Vanity Fair and the New York Times Magazine.
New work for the Art Series Hotels: ‘Find Your Inner Muse’ has just launched.
Concept and Art Direction by Katja Hartung & Thorsten Kulp @ Toben Design.
The campaign is about discovering your own creative place, inspired by each artist that the hotels are themed after.
Up Close is a portrait study of 8 faces, young and old, male and female.
The approach was to intimately photograph each face from the same distance with the same lighting each time. The aim was to explore the physiognomy of the face, questioning the relationship between the individual’s outward appearance and inner character. A selection from the project can be seen here website
‘The Island’ my personal series shot in Hawaii picked up 2 honorable mentions in the Fine art category and the Schweppes ‘your taste’ campaign that I shot earlier in the year in New York picked up 2 honorable mentions in Advertising.
I recently was commissioned to shoot a series of ads for Emirates Airline’s global tourism campaign, ‘Hello Tomorrow,’ promoting Dubai as a destination. We collaborated with the good folk at Impact BBDO Dubai, (and many many extras !)
The Deira Abra in Dubai gives a glimpse of textures from the original 1930′s city. It apparently was a popular trading port with smugglers then. It is where the first Dubai settlement was built as the driving force behind the early pearl trade with the outside world. The creekside is lined with dhows still trading with most ports of the middle east including India and East Africa.
Pier 62 skatepark in Chelsea. Ive been wanting to check it out for a while. The skatepark is built on top of a pile supported marine platform and uses structural foam to create the shapes and forms that are usually sculpted into the earth. The project is unique and the first of its kind. Be sure to pack your sunglasses if you come on a bright sunny day.
I teamed up with talented creative director, Armando Zuniga from the innovative agency MK, to shoot their new Schweppes “YOUR TASTE” Campaign underwater in New York City. A big thank you to the support and co-ordination of Silverscreen Marine and their director Adam Browne and the beautiful work of Jenny, our underwater model. So comfortable underwater, she could well be a mermaid..
“The more the market is crowded with good ideas, the harder it becomes to SHOW US SOMETHING DIFFERENT. It’s not always the one who screams the loudest that cuts through – sometimes it’s the one whispering, making you lean in closer, that gets the message across.”
The Oznostic Front Creatures tour at the Barr Beach Bowl. Darren Navarrette, Al Partanen, Dave Gravette, Taylor Bingaman, Truman Hooker, Ryan Reyes and Santa Cruz shredder Emanual Guzman, along with RJ, Pee Wee and Gabbers.
A great honor to be awarded Advertising photographer of the year in the 2011 International Photography awards from over 10,000 entries, for the Surfrider Campaign “Our oceans aren’t the only ones in danger.” I am now a finalist for “photographer of the year” at the Lucie Awards, New York City October 2011.
It was wonderful working with the talented and creative team from Leo Burnett: Art Director, Brendan Donnelly and writer Guy Futcher.
“I was in a Venice gang called the Venice Hoodlums we were a mixed up bunch of White Boys, and Mexicans and we dressed up like vatos, Dickie pants, white shirts, and Pendletons, and bandanas. But after I saw that show I completely got into punk rock it was perfect because I was troublemaker, and thought it was cool to have people fear me. When I walked into a room I wanted people to say damn these guys are crazy you better watch out or they’ll fuck you up. Punk rock shows were perfect for that because it was all about violence, I started hanging out with Mike Muir he had just started Suicidal Tendencies band he used to wear a leather jacket with safety pins in his ear and we all wore boots with bandanas tied around them. I was still wearing Dickies, and vato clothes with my blue bandana because Venice was a blue-color town. So Mike started dressing in Pendletons, and Dickies as well, and Ric Clayton started drawing hand-drawn Suicidal shirts before every show we went to. We’d all meet at Mar Vista Park before every show, and pretty soon we had 30 to 50 guys showing up to go to the shows. We all started wearing the same kind of clothes, and it started looking like a gang, but we had to because the other punks from Orange County were beating everyone else up from LA so we put a stop to it by protecting each other.”
The smaller courts lead to a very physical brand of basketball that has been likened to a “steel cage” match. Usually the sidelines are simply ignored during play. Due to the large number of players who come to play here, especially from the Bronx, competition for playing time is stiff, and losing players rarely get to play twice in a row.