Internationally known for his riveting presentations and sold out events, filmmaker and photographer Vincent Laforet will discuss his transition from nearly two decades as a Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer for The New York Times, Life, Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, and National Geographic, into the world of motion.
Whether he’s shooting commercials, films, nature, cities and environs—some from helicopters that he favors—sporting events, or whatever subject he turns his cameras to, Vincent is highly respected as an innovator incorporating the latest technology, creative imagery, and storytelling into every project he works on.
This evening, Vincent will discuss many of the challenges he was faced with as he transitioned from editorial to commercial photography, through to commercial film sets as a director and cinematographer shooting commercials for clients such as Sony, Adobe, Pepsi, and Reebok.
He will also discuss current trends and how they are affecting most of the creative fields today. We will look at the rise of the internet and social media such Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and other specific tools and technologies and their direct correlation to the recent evolution of both the still photography and motion businesses.
Showing footage from the Canon 5D Mark II, Canon C300, RED Epic, Phantom, and all the way down the technological spectrum to iPhone cameras, Vincent will point out specific points in the timeline of new technology developments and how they relate to trends in the photography and film markets.
This evening’s presentation and discussion will also focus on the hybridization of the still and video worlds, allowing attendees to gain a glimpse into what might happen in the near future. While no one knows where we will be in five years, this evening’s event will give you a better understanding about how we got to where we are today and what might come next. And as Vincent wrote on a recent blog post, ‘I’ve started to ‘make’ stuff. I’ve been working with others to invent or to help to create tools that I need for myself in the film or photography world, and that I want to make available to others out there because I’m pretty sure they will fill important voids…These are simply things that I need for myself–to do my job better. Some are just wonderful silly little gadgets that we all need, while others are a bit more interesting…’
This is sure to be a great evening, and a special opportunity to see and learn from this leading filmmaker, director, and content creator working today—don’t miss out on this event, sign up now!
Vincent, a three-time winner at the prestigious 2010 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, is a director and Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer who is known for his forward-thinking approach to image making and storytelling.
In addition to having been commissioned by just about every important international publication—including Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, and Life—Vincent is considered a pioneer both for his innovative tilt-shift and aerial photography, and in the field of HD-capable DSLR cameras. In fact, his short film Reverie, the first 1080p video shot with a still camera, was seen more than 2 million times on the first week of its release in 2009. Vincent is a member of the Director’s Guild of America and a DP with Local 600
Vincent, who was born in 1975, began his photography career at the age of 15. He started as a photojournalist, honing his abilities by landing internships with newspapers such as The Los Angeles Times and with Reuters. By the time he was 25, he had established himself as the youngest staff photographer for The New York Times, and by the time he left, he had a Pulitzer for feature photography under his belt. ‘His images stir with life,’ PDN wrote of him in a 2003 ‘One to Watch’ profile. ‘Athletes are colorful heroes ripped from comic book pages while his wartime photographs successfully wander between the unimaginably large scale and the touchingly human.’
In 2005, American Photo named him one of the ‘100 Most Influential People in Photography’, and his work has been recognized in the Communication Arts and PDN annuals, and by the World Press Photo Awards, the Pictures of the Year Competition, the Overseas Press Club, the National Headliners Awards, and the Pro-Football Hall of Fame.
And the accolades continue to come his way, in June 2010, he was honored with a Gold, Silver, and a Bronze in the Titanium category at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival for his work as the director on the groundbreaking Canon ‘Beyond the Still’ competition, which he spearheaded with Grey Advertising.
‘It’s not just the laundry list of awards that sets Laforet apart, though,’ noted The FStop magazine in a 2010 interview with Vincent, whose fine-art prints have been exhibited worldwide and are part of numerous private collections. ‘It’s his steady and unique growth as a photographer. From shooting weddings [as a teen] to the NBA finals in college to his job at the Times and now his much publicized move to commercial photography and motion work, it’s been a long and fruitful evolution.’
Since 2006, Vincent himself has charted this evolution on his blog, blog.vincentlaforet.com, which has become a must read in the photographic and filmmaking communities, attracting more than 3,000,000 visitors each year. His combination of candor and expertise has made him highly sought after as a consultant (for companies such as Apple, Canon, Manfrotto, Lexar, X-Rite, and Zeiss), a keynote speaker, and an instructor. Vincent, who has been profiled on CNN and Good Morning America and in dozens of publications, has served as an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and at the International Center of Photography.
He is represented as a commercial director by the Los Angeles & New York based production company ‘Accomplice’, and as a photographer by the New York based agency Stockland Martel. Vincent currently resides in Manhattan Beach, California, with his wife, Amber, son, Noah, and daughter, Eliana.