If you’re attending PhotoPlus Expo in New York, please stop by to see the Sony Artisans of Imagery speaking about photography at the Sony Booth on the PhotoPlus Expo trade show floor.
If you’re going to be in New York for the PhotoPlus Expo, catch a photography exhibit showcasing personal projects by the Sony Artisans of Imagery at the Aperture Gallery in New York. The show will also feature photographs from the Sony World Photography Awards Global Tour 2009 on display from October 22 through October 30, 2009.
This photography exhibit at Aperture will include five of the latest images from my photography project on Burlesque. I began photographing the Legends of Burlesque in 1992 when I photographed the “Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque”Dixie Evans. Over the years I returned to Exotic World, located just off Route 66 in the California desert, to photograph their annual reunions where Dixie was kind enough to introduce me to many of her friends, allowing me to capture this part of Americana. The images in the show are the most recent additions to the project were taken at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend in Las Vegas.
Come check out the work of my fellow Sony Artisans of Imagery: Matthew Jordan Smith, Andy Katz, Cristina Mittermeier, David McLain and Me Ra Koh. Big thanks to Kayla Lindquist, director of the Sony Artisan’s of Imagery, for putting this great show together for the one year anniversary of the program.
547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
Between 10th and 11th Avenues
New York, New York
October 22 through October 30, 2009
Exhibit Sponsored by SONY and American PHOTO
We’re in New York shooting portraits of celebrities for the book ‘Art & Soul‘ with The Creative Coalition and Sony. Assignments this good are really rare. Even though I’ve been l blessed with more than my share of unbelievable assignments in my career, shooting portraits of so many Oscar winners, Tony winners, Grammy winners and Emmy winners was about as cool gig as I can imagine.
Photographing a portrait of Anne Hathaway is an experience that can hardly be topped, except when Anne showed up at our shoot with a box of her favorite cupcakes for our crew. Thanks Annie for being even sweeter than I’d imagined. Thanks also to Anne’s hair stylist Ted Gibson. Not only is Ted one of the top stylists in the country, but he knows how to work a wind machine…
After that we headed uptown to Tony Bennett’s Central Park apartment where we talked about what the arts has meant to him, both as a singer and as an artist. Tony credits Frank Sinatra for giving his career a big break. As a way of giving back Tony founded the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in his hometown of Astoria, Queens.
In the end we shot over 9,000 images and 350 gigs of RAW data without a single slowdown or problem. During the shoots, the artists in this book and I rarely spoke of fame, fortune or fabulous performances. We spoke about their childhoods and what led them to where they are today. Regardless of whether they grew up in small towns and large cities, rich or poor, their lives were all shaped and influenced by the arts and the artists who influenced their careers.
My thanks go out to Ted Okada, Steve Sommers, Phil Lubell, Kristen Elder and Mark Weir of Sony for their support of this project, Kayla Lindquist, director of Sony Artisans of Imagery program, Jeffrey Roberts of American PHOTO, Al Silvestri, Alissa Reynolds and Anna Martin of Hachette Filipacchi Media, Eileen Gittins of Blurb, and special thanks to Robin Bronk and Barbara Horvath of The Creative Coalition.
Brian Smith has been named as one of five photographers to launch Sony’s new professional photographer program, The Artisans of Imagery, which showcases five top professional photographers who have been using their Alpha A900 DSLRs and lenses from Sony. Brian Smith joins Andy Katz, David McLain, Christina Mittermeier and Matthew Jordan Smith. Their photographic works were on display at the PhotoPlus Expo held in New York October 22-24.