Sunbounce Workshops in Zingst, Germany

I am just back from the coast of The Baltic Sea in Zingst after teaching three lighting workshops for Sunbounce. If you have not used these lighting tools, they are really amazing, sturdy and reliable. Each night there is a huge inflatable screen on the beach that features photography from that day and exhibits from the festival. My Behind Photographs project was one of the featured festival exhibits. I was so impressed that this seaside town was able to put on such an inspirational event.

One of my workshop images shown at the nightly show.

Students at work with Sunbounce panels and our wonder model Yi

Martin Krolop at work with Broncolor and Sunbounce.

Speedlights triggered with Phottix Strato TTL remotes bounced into a Sunbounce Mini with a zebra fabric

An outdoor exhibit on the beach in Zingst

Tim addresses the crowd at his exhibit opening.

Sunbounce panels at work on the beach.

Andrew Burns - From Model to Photographer

Here is a shot of one of my assistants, Andrew Burns from 1996. I took this photo on a Sinar P2 4x5when I worked for Dean Collins along with Andrew's dad, Gary. Fate would have it that Andrew would become interested in photography and  14 years later start working with us as a photo assistant. Guess if the photo industry continues as it is, he has a portfolio to get back into modeling!

Junior Seau - RIP

I was very saddened to hear the news about Junior today. He was one of the first professional athletes I photographed when I moved to San Diego in the early 90's and my athlete portraits have hung in his Mission Valley restaurant since it opened. Junior had a wonderful smile and was always a pleasure to have in the studio, he will be missed.

Then and Now

I received a wonderful email from Tom Zimberoff this week that included several images he shot back in the 70's of a few of the photographers in Behind Photographs. I photographed Tom in San Francisco with his fantastic photograph of Indian Larry, just weeks prior to his accidental death. I asked Tom if it would be OK to share these images on my blog and he gladly agreed. He even shared a portrait of himself shot by Douglas Kirkland in the 70's as well. Enjoy!

Howard Bingham

Douglas Kirkland

Neal Preston


It has been a long year and long wait, but the books finally arrived last week, all 6 pallets of them! We have been busy moving the 4,500 pounds around the studio and getting books signed and shipped for the holidays. If you would like to order a signed book, you can purchase books direct from the studio at:

Behind Photographs - NYC Book Release Party

Tim Mantoani and Douglas Kirkland

I was blown away with the group that showed up at Ogilvy to support the release of Behind Photographs. It was great to reconnect with 29 of the photographers that are in the book and a couple hundred other supporters that braved the rain and wind. Here are a few pics from the party. I should have books in San Diego soon and will be posting info on book events in San Diego, LA and San Francisco. Thanks again to everyone that has supported and encouraged me over the past five years to see this project through to publication.

JIll Enfield, Douglas Kirkland, Barbara Bordnick, Guido Karp, Greg Watermann and Dan Kramer

Roxanne Lowitt and Tim Mantoani look over a wall of images

Keith Green with his portrait

John Iacono and John Dominis

Douglas Kirkland signing books while designer Mark Murphy and Sandro catch up.

Douglas Dubler signed books

Lois Greenfield and Ryszard Horowitz

May Pang and Tim Mantoani

Guido Karp made the trip from Germany!

Thom Mangelsen checking out Al Wertheimer and "The Kiss"