Stacey Rozich, who we photographed for our #lawomanbrinsonbanks project, is one of our favorite painters everrrr and she has a solo show in LA this weekend! Come! The show is “Constellation Applebee’s” and it’ll be at Showboat Gallery June 16-July 14 (the opening reception is Saturday 6-9). Come ogle+gawk+gaze at her imaginative colorful work with us
Andrew + Alaska (with hair and makeup by Caitlin Krenz)
West Coast Explorers Club
We grew up watching “Roseanne” as kids and then whaddayaknow we photographed her for The New York Times last Friday!
Another frame from our portrait shoot with Roseanne Barr for The New York Times
Spring has sprung!
Roger Deakins is one of the best directors of photography out there. He’s been nominated for an Oscar for his cinematography work 14 times! Shawshank Redemption, The Reader, Skyfall, Fargo, No Country For Old Men, O Brother, Where Art Thou? ... And finally, the man got his due last night with a win for Blade Runner 2049! Congrats, Roger! (We photographed Roger for Variety)
We are so excited to share a big project we worked on for ESPN Undefeated! We photographed 6 talented actors (and invaded their homes and offices and yards with frosted plexiglass and v-flats and lighting gear - you probably saw us share lots of behind the scenes videos last month in our Stories). This is actor Shaun Baker (you might recognize him from Living Single). The piece by writer Keith Murphy is called “From ‘Dawson’s Creek’ to ‘Buffy’ to ‘Frasier’ to ‘Seinfeld’ — what happened to those lone, ‘token’ black actors?Eight talents tell stories of offensive scripts, stunt people in blackface and the heartbreak — and hope — of portraying Thug No. 2 and the dope dealer’s girlfriend” - Please read it! https://theundefeated.com/features/90s-token-black-actors-phil-morris-bianca-lawson-kim-coles/ . Each person we met was so kind and fun to photograph. It was a blast working on this | Brinson+Banks
Writer + Actor Markus Redmon, photographed for an important series for ESPN Undefeated entitled “From ‘Dawson’s Creek’ to ‘Buffy’ to ‘Frasier’ to ‘Seinfeld’ — what happened to those lone, ‘token’ black actors?Eight talents tell stories of offensive scripts, stunt people in blackface and the heartbreak — and hope — of portraying Thug No. 2 and the dope dealer’s girlfriend”
Actor Phil Morris, photographed for an important series for ESPN Undefeated entitled “From ‘Dawson’s Creek’ to ‘Buffy’ to ‘Frasier’ to ‘Seinfeld’ — what happened to those lone, ‘token’ black actors? Eight talents tell stories of offensive scripts, stunt people in blackface and the heartbreak — and hope — of portraying Thug No. 2 and the dope dealer’s girlfriend”
LA Woman: Filmmaker Tchaiko. You’ve lived all over the world, why did you you settle down in Los Angeles? “I’ll say the slow pace in LA is really helpful to the manifestation of all the ideas that I have in me. Like most creative people, I’m insanely sensitive - empathic, and having still, slow time is important and being able to find solace in trees and deer and coyotes (all of whom I talk to) feels special to me when compared to New York.” #lawomanbrinsonbanks
Filmmaker Tchaiko Omawale for LA Woman
LA Woman: Tchaiko Omawale calls herself a Third Culture Kid because she grew up in Rome, Jamaica, Mozambique, Thailand, England, Sierra Leone, Yemen and finally New York. We asked how that unique upbringing influenced her creatively: “Oh how to put this into a couple sentences; it’s influenced every aspect of my creative being. Mostly I would say I’m drawn to themes of magic and self-destruction because I identify with characters and stories that have an urgent sense of being out of place, of longing, abandonment and the resulting urgent drives to cure these things.” There is more to come about Tchaiko and “Solace,” the feature film she is working on. (As always, this blue magic was done in camera, not in post)
Raise your hand if you’re excited about Black Panther! We photographed the stunning + mega-talented Black Panther cast for The New York Times! This is clockwise from top: Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong’o. FYI, this is the first(!!) big superhero film with a majority black cast; it was written and directed by a black man (Ryan Coogler, who we also photographed), and it stars a black man. This is obviously way overdue. We can’t wait to see it and to see this trend continue
We photographed the insanely talented composer Hans Zimmer in his studio in Santa Monica for GQ. Zimmer has been nominated for 11 Oscars (Inception (you know that horn sound), Interstellar, Rain Man, The Lion King, ...), including a nomination for Dunkirk today! The man is brilliant and between lighting setups he snuck over to his keyboard and started playing a beautiful haunting melody that he said had just come to him in the shower that morning.
Three lions, two skateboards, one gorgeous jacaranda tree. Photographed for Amazon Student Prime