“For Artists, Even Paid Jobs Should Be ‘Personal'” (excerpt)

. In a new column for Agency Access‘ The Lab, creative consultant Louisa Curtis of Chatterbox Enterprises talks about the importance of personal work to a photographer’s growth, success, and happiness. “I think it’s a shame that photographers have separated what they love from what they do for a living,” she writes. “I met a […]

The New York Times profiles Kwaku Alston

. The New York Times Lens blog yesterday featured an interview with Kwaku Alston that looks at the award-winning editorial and advertising photographer’s quest to rekindle his personal passion for photography—specifically, by shooting images on his own in his Venice, California, neighborhood. “The Venice community is a remarkable mix of people and cultures,” Kwaku explained […]

International Photography Awards winners announced

.The jurors of the 2011 International Photography Awards have named their selections for subcategory and category winners, and we’re ecstatic that Kwaku Alston, Matthias Clamer, Nadav Kander, and John Offenbach are among their favorites. Our congratulations to them and to their fellow winners. Well done! “Category winners,” the IPA’s site explains, “will move on as […]

Chinese lifestyle mag features Kwaku Alston’s “Volkslivin” project

The Outlook is a Chinese magazine that strives to become “synonymous to a lifestyle guide for The Creative Elite, and the new generation of creative and artistic talent of China. We believe that lifestyle and the view of aesthetics is the reflection of small personal details.” So it makes sense that the editors would find […]

Spotlight: Kwaku Alston

Kwaku Alston has photographed some of the most famous faces in the world—from Hollywood luminaries and Grammy winners to President Barack Obama and the First Family—for editorial and advertising clients ranging from Crate & Barrel, Coca-Cola, Blackberry, Target, and Verizon to The New York Times Magazine, Real Simple, and Time. His portraits have a fresh, […]

Kwaku Alston’s “Harlem Postcard” on view at Studio Museum

We’re proud to report that Kwaku Alston, who has previously exhibited personal series such as “Volkslivin” and “Horizon Court” at his space in Venice Beach, California, has just celebrated his first museum show. The exhibition, titled “Harlem Postcards: Fall/Winter 2010–11,” opened last week at the Studio Museum in Harlem and also includes work by Deana […]

Kwaku Alston and “Thirty Conversations on Design” (video)

Last year, the Minneapolis-based strategic design firm Little & Company launched an online program called Thirty Conversations on Design to celebrate its 30-year anniversary. “We sought out the world’s most creative professionals – architects, designers, authors and leaders of iconic brands – and asked 30 of them to record their thoughts on design,” according to […]

Kwaku Alston’s “Life”

. Kwaku has a handful of personal projects going, like “Volkslivin”… .   . …“Horizon Court”…   . …and his portrait series “On White”…   . . What I like about his project “Life,” though, is that it’s not just personal but autobiographical. It’s Kwaku photographing his neighbors, his family, people’s he’s worked with, even […]

Kwaku Alston captures Venice Beach’s “Horizon Court”

. Kwaku has been photographing Venice Beach, where he lives, for the past decade, and he occasionally exhibits some of those images at his studio on Abbott-Kinney Boulevard. Last fall, for example, he showed his portraits of vintage Volkswagen buses parked in and around his neighborhood. (Below is the invitation, and you can view scenes […]