Kwaku Alston photographs First Lady Michelle Obama for the cover of Essence

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From the archives: the Dark Room Collective photographed by Kwaku Alston

Back in 1996, Kwaku Alston photographed the Dark Room Collective, a group of African-American poets—founded by Thomas Sayers Ellis and Sharan Strange—that ignited a literary movement. The New Yorker published one of his portraits of the collective at the time (in its June 24, 1996, issue), and this week, another image from that session appears in […]

Kwaku Alston’s “On White” series displayed at E! Entertainment in Los Angeles

E! Entertainment Television in Los Angeles recently exhibited select celebrity portraits from Kwaku Alston‘s “On White” series. The photos were taken with a Deardorf 8×10 film camera that dates back to the 1960s, Kwaku explains at his blog, Art of Studio. “To produce this ongoing series, I time traveled down the road of legendary photographers […]

Kwaku Alston photographs Oprah, Michael B. Jordan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Forest Whitaker for the cover of Essence

The March issue of Essence celebrates what proved to be a triumphant year for African Americans in cinema, from Lee Daniels’ The Butler and Fruitvale Station to 12 Years a Slave‘s Best Picture win at the Oscars. Late last year, the magazine asked Kwaku Alston to photograph some of the key players who helped make […]

The 20 most popular photos on Stockland Martel’s tumblr

Our tumblr, which features new and archival images by our photographers, is about a year old now, so it’s a good time to take a look at which photos have best connected with our audience there. Each of the images below has so far garnered at least 75 notes, with the most popular photo set […]

PDN tours Kwaku Alston’s Venice Beach studio

In “The Studio Issue” of PDN, published this month, Kwaku Alston takes readers inside his Venice Beach, California, workspace—a cute two-story building on Abbot Kinney Boulevard that he purchased 13 years ago. At the time, the area was known for grit and crime, and Kwaku recalls that after he bought the place, people told him, […]

Presenting SMart Book 2014, our latest photo annual showcasing the work of the entire Stockland Martel roster

SMart Book 2014, our new photo annual, is hot off the presses and was recently shipped to our clients and colleagues in the creative industry. Designed by Design: MW and printed by GZD in Germany, it showcases images—and new self-portraits—by the entire Stockland Martel roster. We’re very proud of the book and even more proud […]

Kwaku Alston photographs Maria Shriver for AARP The Magazine cover story

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Kwaku Alston on photographing celebrities

Professional Photographer magazine recently published an interview with Kwaku Alston in which he talks about photographing celebrities and other public figures. Below, an excerpt: . . Over the past 20 years, Alston has photographed dozens of celebrities and other prominent figures, from entertainers to business people to high-octane politicians. They all have one thing in […]

Stockland Martel: We are entertainment

Presenting the stars and shows of the fall TV season as photographed by Kwaku Alston, Matthias Clamer, Jim Fiscus, Nadav Kander, Jeff Lipsky, Michael Muller, Nino Muñoz, and Art Streiber… . . .

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