Kwaku Alston photographs the President and First Lady for Essence’s October issue

“I was extremely proud and humbled for the opportunity to photograph our President and First Lady,” says Kwaku Alston of his cover shoot with Barack and Michelle Obama for Essence‘s October issue. “Thank you, Essence, for the many years of support and encouragement.”  

Kwaku Alston photographs Dr. Sanjay Gupta for the cover of Experience Life’s September issue

Kwaku Alston photographs actor Djimon Hounsou, and directs a short film, for Spirit & Flesh magazine

        Read Kwaku’s interview with Hounsou: “Friday’s Dream” credits producer: Kathy Nenneker, Nenneker Inc. styling: Nonja McKenzie at Opus Beauty hair: Sam Odede grooming: Shiyena Chun  

Kwaku Alston shoots key art for the History Channel remake of “Roots,” premiering on Memorial Day

Bid on a print by Kwaku Alston, Jimmy Chin, or Michael Muller at’s upcoming silent auction, and help communities in need of clean water is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping end the global clean-water crisis one community at a time. Donations are 100% tax deductible, and the organization has set itself a mandate to prove where the money goes. All of which makes it that much more compelling to attend’s benefit next week in Los Angeles. […]

Thank you to our Los Angeles clients and photographers

Bill Stockland just returned from two weeks in Los Angeles, where he caught up in person with many of our L.A.-based clients and photographers (and one of our Germany-based photographers who happened to be in town for a shoot). It was a great trip, and we thank you all for your time!  

Happy holidays from all of us at Stockland Martel

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Follow Kwaku Alston on Instagram to see his street photography from Benin

Kwaku Alston is in Benin, West Africa, working on a film project with the actor Djimon Hounsou, and he’s been posting some great photos from his travels at his Instagram account. Below are some of our favorites. See more at  

Kwaku Alston photographs the cast of “The Wiz Live!,” premiering tonight on NBC

Kwaku Alston photographs “The Black Women of Bond”

In conjunction with the release of the latest James Bond film, Spectre, Kwaku Alston photographed some of the legendary black women who have costarred in the Bond films: Naomie Harris, Gloria Hendry, and Trina Parks. Essence magazine published the portraits, and there was a splashy event in Los Angeles—the Black Women of Bond Tribute at […]