Get The Picture: 5 L.A. Photogs To Know

Photo: Courtesy of Clara Balzary.
From Helmut Newton's affinity for Hollywood glamour to David Hockney's collaged Polaroid series of L.A. swimming pools, this city boasts major photographic clout. So, who will be the next to gain snapshot stardom? We've got a few candidates in mind.
Whether shooting a lookbook for Vans or a portrait of Forest Whitaker, each member of this group of emerging photographers showcases a unique, fresh perspective that instantly intrigues just about any eye. Click ahead to take a peek for yourself and just maybe get inspired to pick up an actual camera next time you see something snap-worthy.
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Photo: Courtesy of Carla Richmond.
Photographer: Carla Richmond
How long have you been shooting professionally?
"I've been shooting professionally since 2011."

Who are some of your favorite artists right now?
"William Eggleston, Vivian Maier, Alec Soth, Amy Stein, Alex Prager, Dan Winters, Joel Sternfeld."

What are your favorite subjects to shoot?
"Strangers."

What do you like to shoot the least?
"Events."
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Photo: Courtesy of Carla Richmond.
What's your favorite camera to shoot with?
"I just had the opportunity to borrow a friend's Pentax 6X7. It is a dream! I mainly shoot with the Canon 5D Mark III."

What's a recent project you worked on that you loved shooting?
"'Lovers' Shirts' is an ongoing photo and written word collaboration that I am working on with writer Hanne Steen. The project explores the feelings of attachment, security, ownership, identity, and intimacy, which our lover's shirts ignite in us. Our first subjects were women we knew; friends and family with whom we were already intimate. From there, the project spread through word of mouth. For the women involved thus far — from the youngest, 16-year-old Gracie, to the eldest, 90-year-old Louise —the process has been emotional and cathartic and has become as much a part of the project as the end result."
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Photo: Courtesy of Emily Knecht.
Photographer: Emily Knecht

How long have you been shooting professionally?
"I think the first shoot I was paid for was in college, but I’ve been shooting for as long as I can remember."

Who are some of your favorite artists right now?
"Nan Goldin, Francesca Woodman, Andreas Gursky, William Eggleston, Ed Ruscha, and Ellen Von Unwerth."

What's your favorite camera to shoot with?
"Yashica T4."

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Photo: Courtesy of Emily Knecht.
What are your favorite subjects to shoot?
"Naked girls and barren landscapes."

What do you like to shoot the least?
"Headshots."

What's a recent project you worked on that you loved shooting?
"I loved shooting an editorial for the spring issue of Line Mag, which is an online publication started by one of my best friends. When I’m shooting girls, I always work alone and it's such a personal experience. So, it’s really fun to collaborate and to incorporate fashion, which is something I don’t normally do. It pushes me to think a little differently. "
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Photo: Courtesy of We Are The Rhoads.
Photographer: Chris and Sarah Rhoads, the husband-and-wife twosome behind We Are The Rhoads.

How long have you two been shooting as a team professionally?
"We've been shooting professionally as a team for the last five years or so, but we both shot on our own before that."

Do you ever individually credit yourselves on photos, or is the credit always We Are The Rhoads?
"For the most part, the credit is always We Are The Rhoads; mostly because, at this point, everything that we are creating is collaborative on some level from pre-production elements of what we want to shoot, to the execution of creating the photo on set, to how the photo is edited. Both of us have some collaborative involvement every step of the way."
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Photo: Courtesy of We Are The Rhoads.
What's a recent project you worked on that you loved shooting?
"We recently shot Carrie Brownstein for Rolling Stone in her home in Portland, Oregon. Sleater-Kinney was one of my favorite punk bands back in the day, and we are big fans of Portlandia — it hits pretty close to home since, before we moved to L.A., we lived in the Pacific Northwest for about seven years. Carrie felt like an old friend and was just a down-to-earth person. She trusted us and really let us do our thing. We had an amazing time on that shoot."

What are your favorite subjects to shoot?
"We like shooting people with an interesting story to them and we love to photograph them in a space that's personal to them in some way. For instance, we recently shot Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips in his unique Oklahoma home. He really trusted us, and him and his space were just so fantastically interesting. It was an ideal scenario for us."
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Photo: Courtesy of Clara Balzary.
Photographer: Clara Balzary

How long have you been shooting professionally?
"About three years."

Who are some of your favorite artists right now?
"Gus Van Sant, Wim Wenders, and William Eggleston."

What are your favorite subjects to shoot?
"I love shooting people outdoors — and I think it comes most naturally to me. But, for that reason, I am also trying to shoot a lot in the studio!"

What do you like to shoot the least?
"Really 'pose-y' people. It's the worst! To me, nothing is more attractive than a really pretty person who is being totally unselfconscious."
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Photo: Courtesy of Clara Balzary.
What's your favorite camera to shoot with?
"Contax G2."

What's a recent project you worked on that you loved shooting?
"I've been visiting my family up in rural Canada and photographing their farm and the town. It's great to shoot a place that is obviously really traditionally beautiful, but also surprising in a lot of ways. I'm going back up there this summer and can hopefully print a book on it soon!"
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