Recent portraits by Brinson+Banks: “Fresh Off the Boat” star Constance Wu, “The People vs. O.J. Simpson” director Anthony Hemingway, and musician Tom Krell, a.k.a. How to Dress Well

Actress Constance Wu photographed at the Variety studio in Los Angeles, California September 23, 2016. Photo by Brinson+Banks

Constance Wu. Photo by Brinson+Banks for Variety.


Director Anthony Hemingway, whose credits include “Orange Is the New Black” and “The People vs. O.J. Simpson.” Photo by Brinson+Banks for Variety.

Director Anthony Hemingway, July 29, 2016

Photo by Brinson+Banks for Variety.

Tom Krell, also known as singer-songerwriter How to Dress Well, poses for a portrait in Echo Park of Los Angeles, California, August 17, 2016. Photo by Brinson+Banks

Tom Krell, also known as singer-songwriter How to Dress Well. Photo by Brinson+Banks for Chicago magazine.

Tom Krell, also known as singer-songerwriter How to Dress Well, poses for a portrait in Echo Park of Los Angeles, California, August 17, 2016. Photo by Brinson+Banks

Photo by Brinson+Banks for Chicago magazine.

Art Streiber shoots Entertainment Weekly’s cover story on NBC’s acclaimed new series “This Is Us”


Photos by Art Streiber for Entertainment Weekly, October 14, 2016, issue.


Photo by Art Streiber for Entertainment Weekly.


From left: Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, and Milo Ventimiglia. Photo by Art Streiber for Entertainment Weekly.


Mandy Moore. Photo by Art Streiber for Entertainment Weekly.

Miller Mobley photographs Oscar-nominated actress Felicity Jones, star of “Inferno” and the upcoming “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” for the cover of The Hollywood Reporter


Felicity Jones. Photo by Miller Mobley for The Hollywood Reporter, October 21, 2016, issue.


Photo by Miller Mobley for The Hollywood Reporter.


Photo by Miller Mobley for The Hollywood Reporter.


Photo by Miller Mobley for The Hollywood Reporter.


Photo by Miller Mobley for The Hollywood Reporter.


Photo by Miller Mobley for The Hollywood Reporter.


Photo by Miller Mobley for The Hollywood Reporter.

From Madonna to Marilyn Manson and everyone in between: Director Matthew Rolston takes MTV’s “Videohead” podcast behind the scenes of his iconic music videos

In the 1980s and ’90s, music videos were the proving ground for vanguard directors to showcase their vision. You could turn on MTV and see groundbreaking work by directors like Jonas Akerlund, Mark Romanek, Michel Gondry, Floria Sigismondi, Hype Williams—and Matthew Rolston, who was recently featured on MTV’s new podcast “Videohead.” In the interview, Rolston talks about his standard-setting career as a director of music videos for artists ranging from Madonna, Foo Fighters, and Marilyn Manson to Seal, TLC, Beyonce, and Salt-N-Pepa.



The podcast is genuinely fascinating thanks to the incisive questions of host Daniel Ralston—who, given how similar their names sound, laughingly notes that he’s not related to Matthew—and Rolston’s remarkably candid, detailed answers. Asked about how he formulates a concept for a music video, Rolston explains a step-by-step process that includes holing up in his bathroom in the middle of the night, with headphones and perhaps a glass of wine “or smoking a substance that promotes meditative thinking,” and internalizing the song through repeated listenings.



Color is vital to Rolston’s visual style, and he describes the influence of artist Josef Albers and his fondness for Color-aid swatches, researching colors online (searching the color blue, for example), and pulling imagery that he’s intuitively drawn to. From this material, which his studio assistants will then print out and trim so that they’re all the exact same proportions, Rolston will physically lay out a narrative, write out and refine ideas, and arrive at a cohesive concept.



The soul of discretion, Rolston doesn’t dish on his famous clientele, but he does let fly a few witty remarks. Of working with the notoriously prickly Morrissey, Rolston notes that directing the video for “Alma Matters” meant just a day or two with the singer, but if he had to direct a whole film with Morrissey, “I might go into another room and stab my eyes out with knitting needles.”



Rolston also shares his insights into how the Hollywood image business has changed. He notes that until recently, it was photographers and magazine editors who interpreted the notion of celebrity through the way they presented the stars. “I was making a commentary on those stars by the way I put them together,” he says in the podcast. But now, stars make and control their image themselves. “In a way, star-making through imaging in photography by someone other than the stars or their immediate advisors is an old-fashioned construct,” he says.



For a full list of Rolston’s music videos, visit his Wikipedia page. To listen to the “Videohead” podcast, which is available for free on iTunes, click here.



Fulvio Bonavia’s new accessories shoot for Vanity Fair Italy plays high against low, presenting exclusive bags by designers like Gucci and Chanel as if they were mass-produced items you’d find at your local dollar store


Chanel bag. Photo by Fulvio Bonavia for Vanity Fair Italy, September 2016 issue.


Dior bag. Photo by Fulvio Bonavia for Vanity Fair Italy.


Fendi. Photo by Fulvio Bonavia for Vanity Fair Italy.


Armani. Photo by Fulvio Bonavia for Vanity Fair Italy.


Prada. Photo by Fulvio Bonavia for Vanity Fair Italy.


Valentino. Photo by Fulvio Bonavia for Vanity Fair Italy.


Gucci. Photo by Fulvio Bonavia for Vanity Fair Italy.


Louis Vuitton. Photo by Fulvio Bonavia for Vanity Fair Italy.


Etro. Photo by Fulvio Bonavia for Vanity Fair Italy.


Ferragamo. Photo by Fulvio Bonavia for Vanity Fair Italy.


Cover image. Photo by Fulvio Bonavia for Vanity Fair Italy.

Happening next week at PhotoPlus Expo: Art Streiber talks editorial photography, and Doug Menuez takes Expo-ers on a photo walk

If you haven’t yet registered for PhotoPlus Expo, here are two great events to tempt you:

In “The Big Picture: Editorial Photography Behind the Scenes,” Art Streiber will be shedding light on what it takes to produce a photo shoot for leading magazines, and what goes on behind the scenes—from pre- to post-production. His seminar is scheduled for Thursday, October 20, from 4:30 to 6:30.

Art Streiber (left) problem-solvingon set, and Doug Menuez conferring with a client.

Art Streiber problem-solvingon set.


And in “Lucky Shots: The Zen of Street Photography,” Doug Menuez will lead attendees on a photo walk while sharing how he combines his documentary techniques with a deliberate zen mindfulness that allows him to enter a zone of hyper-awareness and concentration. He’ll also share his philosophy about respecting his subjects, discussing the fine line between telling their stories and exploiting them. And he’ll discuss choosing the right equipment and navigating technical issues. Doug’s photo walk is scheduled for Friday, October 21, from 4:30 to 6:30.



Doug Menuez on location in Chicago for an ad client. Photo by Amy Feehan.


Learn more about these and the many other PhotoPlus Expo seminars and workshops here. Hope to see you there!


See Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ “The Trans List” Oct. 25 at NewFest in New York City

Timothy Greenfield-SandersThe Trans List will be screening on October 25 at NewFest in New York City, as part of the Special Centerpiece Presentation of the prestigious LGBT film festival. The documentary will be followed by a Q&A with Timothy and some of the film’s subjects. Tickets are only $16 and can be purchased here.

The Trans List features interviews by trans author and advocate Janet Mock, and explores the experiences of Americans who identify as transgender. The film allows a diverse group of individuals to tell their stories in their own words, addressing identity, family, career, love, struggle, and accomplishment. (Description courtesy

“While many of the interviewees touch on issues of abuse, rejection, and discrimination, as well as the still-diffuse trans-community realities of drugs, prostitution and jail time,” noted The Hollywood  Reporter in its review of the film, “what unifies the subjects is their candor and proud self-acceptance, for some more hard-won than others. That stirring note is perfectly encapsulated by the Velvet Underground song ‘I’m Set Free’ over the end credits.”



Timothy and some of “The Trans List” subjects at one of a previous post-screening Q&A.


Tracy Lysette, one of the stars of the Amazon hit series “Transparent,” with Timothy at an OutFest screening of “The Trans List.”


Timothy with “Orange Is the New Black” star Laverne Cox, who is interviewed in the film.

Jeff Lipsky photographs actor Patrick Dempsey for People magazine

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Patrick Dempsey. Photo by Jeff Lipsky for People.

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Photo by Jeff Lipsky for People.


Photo by Jeff Lipsky for People.


“I always love working with race car driver/actor Patrick Dempsey!” says Jeff. Photo courtesy @jefflipsky.

Fulvio Bonavia’s summer campaign for Italian recycling organization Corepla brings back warm memories


Photo by Fulvio Bonavia for Corepla.


Photo by Fulvio Bonavia for Corepla.


Photo by Fulvio Bonavia for Corepla.

Art Streiber is nearly as well known for how he dresses as he is for his award-winning photography. And as he explains in a new interview, that’s by design

“You’ve always been impeccably dressed,” Heidi Volpe remarks to Art Streiber in a recently published interview for APA. Art, it should be noted, is known for wearing crisp white shirts and blazers on his shoots, pretty much regardless of how hot it is. “How does that change the conversation for you on set and on meetings with clients?”

“I’ve always felt that it was important to take myself seriously as a professional, and one way to do that was to be ‘presentable’ by wearing a button-down shirt and a blazer,” Art explains. “I’m still wearing jeans and boots, but the addition of the shirt and blazer immediately changes and elevates the perception of the ‘photographer.’

“On any given shoot,” he continues, “I could be walking into someone’s home or office, or into a five-star hotel or restaurant, and looking ‘professional’ definitely helps me and my crew get taken seriously and get what we need in order to get the job done. At meetings, especially at movie studios, television networks, and advertising agencies, I am usually overdressed, just because I’m wearing a blazer. But I’d rather be overdressed, elevate the profession, and have my approach and production be taken seriously from the outset.”

Below, some of our favorite photos of Art looking sharp on set.

Read Heidi’s full interview with Art here.



Photographing Kevin Hart and Eniko Hart in the Gable & Lombard suite at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.


With Steven Spielberg at Universal Studios on assignment for Entertainment Weekly.


On set with an assistant sitting in for actor Will Forte, for a shoot for GQ.


Conferring with Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown during their shoot for ESPN The Magazine’s 2016 Body Issue.


Photographing three of the stars of “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” in LA’s Hancock Park neighborhood for Vanity Fair.


Photographing Brie Larson the morning after her Oscar win for Entertainment Weekly.


Photographing Placido Domingo for Vanity Fair Spain.


One of his many portrait sessions for The New York Times Magazine’s “Women of Hollywood” cover story.


Photographing comedian and Netflix star Miranda Sings for Variety.


Photographing Kevin Hart for a recent Entertainment Weekly cover story.


At the Nike design lab during a shoot for a recent Wired feature.


Shooting the stars of “Walking Dead” for Entertainment Weekly—one of the rare times Art has been seen on set without a jacket.


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