Brinson+Banks on photographing Issa Rae, creator and star of HBO’s “Insecure,” for The Washington Post

Brinson+Banks photographed Issa Rae, whose second season of Insecure premiered on HBO this past Sunday, for The Washington Post at the London West Hollywood Hotel, where they recently shot Will Ferrell.

“Oftentimes when we photograph actors, they’re in the middle of a super-long and super-busy day promoting their show or movie. Our job is to connect and make beautiful, unique images in just a couple of minutes in a hotel room, which can be quite a task in itself, but I imagine being an actor and going from room to room, to photographer to reporter, must be so draining,” say the photo duo. “Issa had been doing some videos for Insecure down the hall all day when we caught her, and she still came in with a smile on her face and was lighthearted and easygoing and generous with us. There’s an art to that, for sure.

“And by generous, I mean she sat on a pillow on a chair in the hotel bathroom shower and trusted that we’d make a good photo in such an unusual space—and was enthusiastic about it, too!”

Read the interview here: “The real Issa tries to live with the fake Issa. Her ‘Insecure’ fans are watching.”


Issa Rae. Photo by Brinson+Banks for The Washington Post.

Photo by Brinson+Banks for The Washington Post.

Photo by Brinson+Banks for The Washington Post.

Five minutes with Melanie Acevedo, courtesy of La Dolce Vita

The buzz is already building for Melanie Acevedo‘s forthcoming coffee-table book, The Authentics, a gorgeous tome that features her photographs of iconoclastic tastemakers—Christian Louboutin, Kelly Wearstler, Miles Redd, and many more—at home. La Dolce Vita blog recently interviewed Mel about everything from her personal style (“If you mean my style of dressing, I would have to say relaxed tomboy. If you mean my style of decorating, it would be eclectic mishmosh.”) to her favorite guilty pleasure (“I absolutely love room service in a good hotel, and ordering a movie while I eat it!”).

Read the full interview here: “Five Minutes With: Melanie Acevedo.”

Learn more about The Authentics, which will be published by Clarkson Potter in October, here.


Kwaku Alston shoots key art for the hit comedy “Girls Trip,” starring Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish, and Regina Hall

Photo by Kwaku Alston.

Photo by Kwaku Alston.

Photo by Kwaku Alston.

Photo by Kwaku Alston.

Photo by Kwaku Alston.

Nigel Cox shoots campaign for Heineken

Photo by Nigel Cox for Heineken.

Video: Doug Menuez on making Leica his camera brand of choice

Kendrick Brinson selected as a mentor for the 2017 Women Photograph Mentorship Program

We’re proud to announce that Kendrick Brinson of Brinson+Banks was chosen to be a mentor in the 2017 Women Photograph Mentorship Program. The program “will pair 22 industry leaders (11 photographers and 11 photo editors) with 22 early-career photojournalists over the course of a year,” according to the organization’s website. “Mentors include editors from National Geographic, NPR, The New York Times, and The Guardian, and photographers who are the recipients of the Pulitzer Prize, Guggenheim Fellowships, and World Press Photo awards.”

The program is aimed at “female, female-identifying, and nonbinary photographers with less than five years of professional work experience who might be interested in long-term support.” Applications are now closed, but you can learn more about the program and Women Photograph here.




Nadav Kander’s 2012 portrait of Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke published in the new book “50 Years of Rolling Stone”

Read about the book here.


Thom Yorke, 2012. Photo by Nadav Kander.

Follow Discovery Channel on Instagram to see Michael Muller’s shark photos and commentary throughout Shark Week

In anticipation of Shark Week 2017, which kicks off this Sunday, Discovery Channel has invited a handful of esteemed photographers to contribute to its Instagram feed. And Michael Muller, whose thrilling photography was collected in the Taschen monograph Sharks, is among the image-makers who were chosen. Below, one of his first posts for @discoverychannel. Give them a follow to see more. To stay up to date on Michael’s many adventures, follow him at @michaelmuller7.



Melanie Acevedo photographs cookbook author and TV host Katie Lee for the cover of Hamptons magazine

Katie Lee. Photo by Melanie Acevedo for Hamptons.

Photo by Melanie Acevedo for Hamptons.

Photo by Melanie Acevedo for Hamptons.

Nadav Kander shoots key art for the new USA Network drama “The Sinner,” starring Jessica Biel

USA Network commissioned Nadav Kander to shoot the key art for The Sinner, starring Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman and premiering August 2.

“An eight episode close-ended series, The Sinner follows a young mother (Jessica Biel) who, when overcome by an inexplicable fit of rage, commits a startling act of violence and to her horror has no idea why. The event launches an inverted and utterly surprising crime thriller whose driving force is not the “who” or the “what”—but the “why”—as an investigator (Bill Pullman) finds himself obsessed with uncovering the woman’s buried motive. Together they travel a harrowing journey into the depths of her psyche and the violent secrets hidden in her past.” Learn more about the series here.


Photo by Nadav Kander for USA Network.

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