In Conversation with Chalkley Calderwood

By | February 14th, 2019|Interviews|

Photo by Melanie Acevedo

With 25 years of experience as a creative director and now making her mark as a filmmaker, Chalkley Calderwood is a storyteller extraordinaire. Recently working with Space for Arts on their LUX & ASA studio video, her clients include National Geographic, Maven and Hearst. Her film making ranges from documentaries about lobster men to commercial work with hotels to a DIY series for Popular Mechanics that will have you gearing up to get hands-on. Calderwood not only has an eye for the visual, but for the heart of the story, emphasizing the narratives of the people they belong to.

What are your favorite stories across your career?

One of my favorites when I was a Creative Director was a story for Green […]

In Conversation with Barbara Griffin

By | February 4th, 2019|Interviews|

Portrait of Barbara Griffin

Photo credit to Art Streiber

Barbara Griffin has a national reputation as a creative director, photo editor, and industry leader. Experienced in creating connections between artwork, stories, and brands, Barbara worked for Turner Broadcasting System for over 20 years transforming ideas into images. Now, she is spearheading her own photography consultation company, Barbara Griffin Productions, L.L.C., and is an acting member of the advisory council for ATL Photo Night and president emerita for Atlanta Celebrates Photography.  Additionally, she recently joined the Space for Arts Advisory Board.

What are the defining experiences across your career?

Having my first magazine job was defining for me because then everything changed.  I had a lot of photo agency experience, but this was where I […]

Berlin Inspiration: The LUX & ASA Story

By | December 15th, 2018|Inspirational Spaces, Photo Studios, Uncategorized|

In October the Space for Arts team spent the better part of a week in Berlin introducing SfA to the local market.  During the course of the team’s stay a number of studios were visited. The team was fascinated by the story of Lux & Asa,in the Lichtenberg neighborhood of Berlin, as told to them by co-founder Jan Kraus.

“We opened our doors in March 2016 after Max and I spent a year renovating and rehabbing the space.   We were a bit naïve about how much work itwould take to renovate 3,250 square feet of space in an industrial warehouse,creating a photo/film studio from scratch. I guess it was good that we just started working without thinking too much about the challenge we were facing. Without the help of friends and family and most importantly, Bruno, we would not have been able to create the […]

Frank Okenfels 3 & Carol LeFlufy Talk About Photography and their 30-year Collaboration

By | November 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Space for Arts together with American Photographic Artists’ LA chapter hosted Frank Okenfels 3 and Carol LeFlufy on Wednesday evening November 7th at Edge Studios in LA.  Carol and Frank have worked together for 30 years and this event was the very first time they had appeared on stage together to discuss their long-standing partnership.  The standing room only audience was captivated and entertained by Frank’s stories and Carol’s sometimes snarky color commentary, often triggering great laughter.

 

Frank and Carol’s collaboration began in the late ‘80’s in NYC when, as Frank described it, he found his way around town on a bicycle and had a pet rabbit named “Fish”.

 

The arc of Frank’s career progression was illustrated with his work and antidotes starting with his break through shooting Tracy Chapman for Rolling Stone, his longstanding rapport shooting David Bowie and his having Bruce Springsteen sing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”.  Many […]

In Conversation with Frank Ockenfels 3

By | November 13th, 2018|Interviews|

Frank Ockenfels 3 is a photographer driven by a curiosity that creates a visual language of kaleidoscopic abundance of imagery and emotion. He has captured portraits of many prominent celebrities, taking the familiar face to a more primal and dark corner of his mind. His use of non-photographic elements, such as collage, has marked him as a unique collaborator of art.

 

What motivates you to participate in events like “Thirty Years and Counting”?

 

Inspiration for younger artists often comes from hearing from the experiences of older artists. When asked to do this talk, I was excited. I’ve done lectures about myself quite a bit, probably enough. Carol and I have a unique relationship. I don’t think there’s been any other photographer who has had the same agent for the same amount of time as us. She’s always been supportive of my work. She’s always […]

In Conversation with Carol LeFlufy

By | November 1st, 2018|Interviews|

Carol LeFlufy is the founder of EYE FORWARD, an agency representing photographers and directors with bold, distinctive perspectives who work across all categories. She worked as an assistant to iconic fashion photographer Steven Meisel and as studio manager for legendary portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz. While working for Art + Commerce, she represented Mary Ellen Mark, Ellen von Unwerth, and Frank Ockenfels 3 among others before setting off from New York to Southern California and starting EYE FORWARD. EYE FORWARD currently represents photographer/directors, Michael Christopher Brown, Heather Hazzan, Sam Jones, Spencer Lowell, Bella Newman, Dewey Nicks, Frank Ockenfels 3, Perry Ogden, The Ingalls and Ward + Kweskin. Recently, she joined the Space for Arts Inaugural Advisory Board, which provides leadership in the form of industry specific guidance and insight. SFA and co-hosts APA LA will be hosting Carol and Frank Ockenfels 3 for “Thirty Years […]

SFA Enters Berlin Scene with “Women in Photography” Event

By | October 18th, 2018|Inspirational Spaces, News|

Space for Arts’ co-founders culminated a 4-day visit to Berlin by hosting Karen Frank & Allyson Torrisi for a discussion of their work and “Women in Photography” for an invited group of studio owners, photographers and creatives.

Allyson, Deputy Director of Photography for People Magazine formerly of Popular Mechanics, described her creative process and the planning of the photography used in Popular Mechanics illustrating articles on topics as diverse as the iPhone, shale fracking and nuclear power plants.

Karen Frank, Director of Photography of ESPN Magazine presented iconic images from ESPN’s much heralded “Body Issue.”  Karen described the inspiration, process and sensitivity needed to capture powerful images of elite athletes while nude.

During the post presentation Q&A the discussion ranged from specific issues surrounding the planning and execution of some the […]

In Conversation with Michele Romero

By | September 19th, 2018|Interviews|

Filled with experience, advice, and almost unbelievable stories, Michele Romero is a gift to the photography, entertainment, and magazine industries. Senior Photo Editor at Entertainment Weekly, she has an incredible knowledge and sense of creative content production. Space for Arts was lucky to get her on the phone to discuss motivations, inspiration, what she looks for in studios, and just any story she was willing to share with us.

What motivates you to attend events and be open with your knowledge and experience?

Well, I have a personal credo that it is important to give back to society in general. I think if I had a motto I’d be “think globally, act locally.”

It just so happens my skill set is photography.  It is a medium I’ve been working in for 30 years so I can refer to myself as competent.

Working with people […]

In Conversation with Art Streiber

By | September 5th, 2018|Interviews|

The photographs of Art Streiber are not just unique or interesting. They are portals to other worlds, other times – where familiar faces are found in curious circumstances.  Art specializes in reportage, portraiture, corporate, entertainment and advertising projects.  His editorial clients have included Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, Wired, New York, Fortune, ESPN, GQ and The New York Times Magazine.  He has been named to American Photo Magazine’s list of “The 100 Most Important People in Photography,” and was presented with the Pacific Design Center’s “Star of Design” Award for Photography.  Space for Arts was fortunate to have the chance to interview him about his work, motivations, and expectations of studio space.

 

What motivates you to attend events for photographers and be open with your knowledge and experience?

I’m a big believer in the photographic community and supporting that community.  Photographers have always been competitive, keeping their cards close to their […]

Guest Post: Tips for an Independently Produced Photoshoot

By | July 24th, 2018|Hyperfocus, News|

Putting together an independently produced photoshoot for the first time? Or are you looking for new and improved ways to refine your process? Our tips below will set you up for success and provide insight about how to execute a photoshoot you’re proud of.

Courtesy of the Art of Freelance. Written by Mathieu Young. Original article published here.

independently produced photoshoot

Lifestyle shoot by Mathieu Young.

Have a vision

It all starts here. Your job as an artist is to find a way to translate your ideas, experience, passion, curiosity into imagery that inspires your audience. 

Start with the end in mind. Imagine you have successfully completed this photoshoot. Ask yourself these questions: