2013 PDN The Look Contest, People’s Choice Award.


Earlier this year I entered the 2013 PDN The Look Contest, which is a yearly contest that focuses on a blend of fashion and fine art. I ended up winning the People’s Choice Award. I entered a series of photographs that I shot in Beverly Hills when my friend, and awesome fashion shooter Benjo invited me down to shoot some of my large format antique processes during an editorial shoot. I packed up my 8×10 Calumet Orbit C1 and had a blast shooting Noora L of Brand Model Management, Finland along side Benjo and his team. Here are those images, and a video that Nick Korompilas shot behind the scenes of us for. It was a fun day, especially getting to set up my mobile darkroom tent and processing the images right there on set, something I hadn’t done before. A big thanks to Benjo and the team for the invite, without that I wouldn’t have been able to create these images. The gallery of winning image can be seen here, and  my new listing on PDN’s PhotoServe is here. It’s not first place, but there is always next year!








Photographer: Joseph M. Berhosky

Model: Noora Lappi

Styling: Jordan Anthony Swain

Styling Assistant: Esther Kang

Makeup and Hair: Berenice Gallegos

Very Special Thanks to: Benjo Arwas, Sidney Kraemer, and Nick Korompilas.

All images shot on paper negatives in an 8×10 Calumet Orbit C1 camera and processed on site.

Scotchbrite’s Listeners Campaign.

Scotchbrite just released their latest campaign that I was fortunate to be a part of making. The new ads focus on a crew, The Listeners, and their new stay clean line of products. Here are the spots that they have up so far. It was a fun run-and gun shoot, just Rob, me, and a sound guy with a few small rigs. I’m really glad they kept my part in about the thinker statue haha!

Check all the commercials out here!


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The New Print Portfolio.

So, the time had come for me to put together a new print portfolio, and as usual the search to find the right company to make it took a good deal of time, effort, and research. After a long and detailed  search I settled on IrisPortfolios in Canada, and I am sure glad I did! I had them put together an 11″x17″ landscape book, wrapped in black buckram with a black silk liner and an awesome blue spine. Pockets were made to hold my new business cards in the front and promo cards and resume in the back. They then made a matching clamshell case for the portfolio, also wrapped in black buckram. It can be a bit unnerving ordering something this special from outside of the country without a hands on look at a sample, but Iris did an amazing job with this one and I wanted to take a few quick shots to show it off. I stuck to printing the images myself, as I usually do, so I have final say in quality control. This timeI tried something a bit different, and printed the images on pages that have black backings instead of the more standard white, keeping with the overall look of the case and portfolio. Hope you guys like it as much I do! Give the images a click for a larger view. Now, who to send this off to/show to first…


Update on the Digital Bolex camera.

As I wrote in a previous post, my friend Joe Rubinstein has been working on a digital cinema camera which would put the ability to capture and work with RAW footage in the hands of consumers and artists at a price point that would make the camera widely available. The group is getting down to the finalstages on the system, and a few weeks back I was brought on to photograph the  latest prototype model. Here are a few of the images of the Digital Bolex D16 Camera.

The company wanted to go with a simple and clean look to showcase the new model, with and without the lens. I’ll be photographing the camera again when they have a fully working model and I’m excited about some of the ideas we have thrown around with how and where we are going to shoot it. I can’t wait to get my hands on a working camera to shoot some footage as well! Below is a short video that Joe shot of me which is not seen very often, me, in a studio, shooting not a person, with hot lights. Enjoy.

Playing with Time, Michael Shainblum’s “Existence.”

I always enjoy seeing the work of my friends in the creative fields. It has long been a source of enjoyment and inspiration. A few days ago a buddy of mine, Michael Shainblum released a time lapse video project titled “Existence.” I’ve been on the road for a few weeks and have had shoddy internet service but I was able to finally check it out today. It is amazing, and I wanted to share it with all of you here. I’ve always been impressed by Michael’s work, especially his motion and time lapse projects, but this one is just above and beyond. Be sure to give it a watch, or ten, and share it with others.


LA Rooftop Massacre.

A few weeks back I got to meet up with my friend Megan Massacre in Los Angeles for a busy day of photo  making! It’s always great when friends from back East come out and visit, especially when we can work on new projects together. This image is one of the first ones we can release, and it’s a bit of a teaser for all the other awesome shots we got, it was used for her interview about her new TV special on TLC over at Life Goes Strong . You can check out Megan’s tattoo work over at her website, and see her on TLC’s New York Ink. Thanks again to Megan, Jordan (for being an awesome assistant and huge help), Kym Fregoso (for wardrobe) and Joe for the awesome location on a rooftop in Downtown Los Angeles. Keep an eye out for more images from this day! I’ll leave you with a great candid that Jordan was able to snag when we were checking out some shots.


NBA Jams…Photographing the LA Clippers from the floor at The Staples Center.


Ok, now that I’ve lost half of you with an obscure-ish video game reference, I’ve got something exciting to share! I had the amazing privilege of photographing the LA Clippers versus the Golden State Warriors on Saturday from the floor at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. This was seriously one of the coolest things I have ever done. Not only was this the first NBA game I have ever been to, it was also the first basketball game I have ever photographed, talk about some pressure! Arriving early, myself, and my friends and fellow shooters who came along, Sarah and Emily, got a chance to meet up with Andy Bernstein, Director of Photography for the Staples Center, got my credentials, and then had a quick tour of the inner workings of the press room and gear storage. Andy and his assistant Johnny were great guides and hosts and awesome people to meet; not to mention, amazing photographers as well, make sure to take a look at Andy’s work.

The staff was a great help as well, giving directions and helping me navigate around the huge center.Standing on the floor and looking up at all the seats really made you feel small out there.I got to prep my gear, then headed out to shoot the first quarter from slot 4 on the Warriors side. The action was insane, and shooting was tough, switching back and forth from a Canon 1Ds Mark III with a 70-200mm lens for down-court shots, and a Canon 1D Mark IV with a 24-70mm for the up close action.

After that, I took the 2nd and 3rd quarter to wander and photograph all through the center, before returning to shoot out along side Andy in the number 13 slot for the final period. The game was great, really face paced, and both teams really played hard. In the end the Clippers prevailed, beating the Warriors 112 to 104. Afterwards, Andy walked myself, Sarah, and Emily around the floor, showing us where he had placed remote cameras to capture all the action, and he snapped a photo of the three of us as a memento. As I said before, this was an amazing experience, and I am thankful to have been given the opportunity. That being said, there are some huge personal thankyous in order. First off, thank you to Rich Fuller and Andy Bernstein for setting the whole thing up and offering me the opportunity. Thanks again to Andy and Johnny for being such great hosts, and thank you to the staff of the Staples Center for all their help as well. Lastly,   thank you to the Clippers and Warriors for a very exciting game. This was a day I definitely won’t be forgetting.

Let me know what you guys think of my shots!


PS: Here’s me on the floor, camera in each hand! Haha!

Michael Hussar, White: A Decade, book signing and party.

This past weekend I got the opportunity to photograph artist Michael Hussar’s book signing for “White: A Decade” at the awesome Studio Servitu in Los Angeles, California. The event was great, and being an admirer of Michael’s work for some years now, it was amazing to finally get a chance to come face to face with his work, and the man behind it. What struck me first, aside from how beautiful these pieces are, was the size, these were somewhere in the neighborhood of around 4-8ft by 6-10ft in size, definitely awe inspiring. The party and reception was a blast, with a good number of great guests, including Kat Von D, and members from a good number of bands, including Vampires Everywhere. One of the highlights of the night was Michael’s live painting demonstration, in which he created a portrait of the beautiful Miss Crash. To top it off, after the guests had left for the evening, I got to have a drink and a talk with Michael himself, which was a great way to end the night. A special thanks to Michael, Jane, Crash and the ladies and gents of Studio Servitu for a wonderful and inspiring evening, hope to do it again soon! And, if you haven’t yet, be sure to check out Michael’s work, and his new book.

If you are looking for pictures from the photo booth and event, the gallery can be found here: http://t.co/QeILwLI


Michael Hussar Live Painting.

Freedom from the “Dark Days” of compressed video. The New Digital Bolex D16 Digital Cinema Camera.

Ok, ok, ok, I’m really excited to be able to finally tell you guys about this exciting new camera. My good friend Joe Rubinstein has had this camera in the works for a while now and I’ve had to keep quiet about it until now! This post might get a bit nerdy techie, but bear with me, because this is awesome! The D16 Digital Bolex Camera is the first digital cinema camera to shoot RAW video in an affordable package. This is really exciting for people who want high quality video with the functionality and control of RAW, without the high cost usually associated with this technology. The D16 will feature a Kodak CCD sensor in a format similar to Super 16 film, capable of 2k capture in 12 bit, in frame rates of up to 32 fps at 2K, 60fps at 720p, 90 fps at 480p. You can check out the full specs over here: D16 Spec Sheet. Joe and the crew over at DigitalBolex.com have opened up a Kickstarter page to help get the project rolling, and to start production on the first run of cameras, please check it out and help out if you can! They have already reached their first goal, in about one day I might add, but they could use more! Again, I am super excited about this, and very proud to see an awesome friend have their dreams start to come to life. Please check out the site, camera, and the video below. And, congratulations to Joe and all the others involved, I wish you the best! PS, I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these and try it out!


Bolex Spot: Storybook from Digital Bolex on Vimeo.

Playing with the past.

Although I absolutely love what I do for a living, I am a strong believer in having an escape from the grind to help keep yourself fresh for working. Nearly all of my business related photography is based in digital capture. When I have time to shoot for myself, I tend to gravitate more towards analog imagery. That being said, I found and fell in love immediately with the Wet Plate Collodion process. This post is to show you guys a little about the process, and a few of my recent pieces, I’m still learning as I go, but I am very happy with where I am right now!

The Wet Plate Collodion process is a photographic process developed in the 1800s and introduced in 1851 by Fredrick Scott Archer, replacing the earlier Daguerreotype process. It is termed Wet Plate due to the need for the plate to remain wet through the entire photographic process. In the process, glass plates are hand cut to size, edges filed and cleaned, then hand coated in collodion. After a soak in Silver Nitrate the plates are placed in a plate carrier and the photograph is made using a large format camera. Exposure times vary, from a few seconds to over a minute. While still wet the plate is removed, immediately developed by hand in a darkroom, fixed, and washed. After drying out the plate is then coated with a protective varnish, baked on over the open flame of an alcohol lamp. The entire process from start to finish can take around an hour to complete one image.

In today’s photographic world many are obsessed with perfection in imagery. Hours are spent in programs like Photoshop to perfect people, products, and scenes to a point that was impossible until now. Though this perfection has a place in photography, I had developed a desire for something more hands on, something with imperfections that are a part of the beauty of it, something that has a magical feeling to the process. Wet Plate Collodion offers all of those, and more. There is something you feel that is hard to describe, as you watch an image form out of nothing during development on a once clear sheet of glass. The little tears, bubbles, and imperfections are unique to every image created. The hands on aspect, and satisfaction from the process is far different from pressing a button and having an image pop up on a digital screen. And to quote a friend, “art is in its best form when safety equipment is a necessity.”