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www.whitmanphotography.com

Duration: Commercially, five years.
Staff: Typically, it’s just me and a studio manager, plus a steady cast of freelance assistants, producers and retouchers.
Education: Mostly self-taught from many years of agency art directing and studying fine-art photography. Learned a few things about advertising and life at Pace University in New York.
Cultural Influences: My passion for photography is inspired by the work of Bill Brandt, Michael Kenna, Jack Spencer, Jeanloup Sieff and Lillian Bassman. They share a boldness in style and composition, yet their imagery is filled with elegance and romanticism.
Environment: A home office jumbled with cords and papers. My preferred office is on the road in my Jeep with a camera and laptop nearby.
Philosophy: There is potential to create stunning imagery everywhere you turn. For me, the design and composition of the image is key. That’s where the power is created. Even the most ordinary elements can become bold, graphic statements. Add just the right amount of light, and what you end up with is a striking photograph that combines beauty with mystery, and a story that is certain to capture the viewer’s imagination.

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