Jul 14 2022
Complex Photo Shoots
I get guest suggestions often, very often in fact, and almost all of them are for amazing photographers, but on occasion the suggestion stops me in my tracks. On those very rare occasions, no matter where I am or what I am doing, the photographer is so good that I need to ask them to be on the show right then. This is an example...
On April 13th I saw that I had a DM on Instagram from Jaime (@elespaiz) making a suggestion that I do a show about a specific image, a global publicity photo for "Jurassic World Dominion". What was interesting to me is that the link Jaime sent was to a series of behind the scenes images for the shoot, and the description was fascinating. The next post from the photographer showed the end result, and it was amazing. At this point, some browsing was in order. What I found was some of the absolute best photography I have seen.
Let me pause for a moment to say something important. If you have listened to the show for any period of time then you know I love looking at great images. I find many of my guest's works to be some of the best you'll find, but this photographer was different.
The photographer was Art Streiber, and it seems most every one I know is very familiar with Art. In fact, after being invited to a student exhibit at California Baptist University by the director of the photography program, Christopher Kern, I mentioned to him that I was excited about a new potential guest. He response was that he'd known Art for years. I'm embarrassed to say that I wasn't aware of Art Streiber before Jaime's message. How on earth had I never seen Art's work before? To be more specific, I most likely had seen his work before, and probably had seen it often, but I was completely unaware of Art. I am hoping that with this show I help you avoid that embarrassment.
Art is a Los Angeles-based freelance photographer specializing in portrait, reportage, entertainment, and advertising photography, and for the last decade, Streiber’s imagery has been selected to appear in American Photography and Communication Arts Photography Annual. To put his talent in perspective, let me list a few of his clients...
Starting with Editorial clients we have the likes of Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, Wired, New York, Fortune, ESPN, GQ and The New York Times Magazine. His Entertainment clients include ABC, CBS, NBC, HBO, A&E, CNN, MSNBC, Fox, TBS, TNT, The CW, IFC, MTV, SyFy Channel, Showtime, TVLand, Universal Studios, Columbia-TriStar, Dreamworks, Paramount, STX, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. Studios. For Advertising clients we have Chase Bank, KFC, Kohler, Cadillac, Miller Lite, Heineken, Subway, Farmers Insurance, Oakley and Disneyland. Art Streiber is at the top of the game.
As an educator, Art has lectured at the International Center of Photography, The Santa Fe Workshops, Art Center College of Design, PDN's Photo Plus, Savannah College of Art & Design, ATLAS Institute at University of Colorado at Boulder and at The Stanford Publishing Course - his BA in Communications is from Stanford by the way.
Having been honored by American Photo Magazine, the Pacific Design Center and the Los Angeles Center of Photography, it seems I am not the only one that is struck by the amazing imagery he creates, and as you hear in this show, he creates his shots... at times with very complex sets, production, and post work.
For me, what sums up Art's work best, and perhaps the biggest compliment I can give him, is that I see the clear inspiration he draws from the great portrait, fashion and documentary photographers of the mid 20th Century. Today's image is a perfect example.
As we were picking the image for this show, which wasn't easy at all considering there are about 100 of his shots I have questions about, Art described a few images to me as "BIG productions under intense parameters". That's intriguing. He described these shoots as "a window onto productions that perhaps your listeners don’t experience / w...