Wednesday, January 5, 2011

January's Artist of the Month: Ian Spanier

Ian Spanier began taking photographs at the age six when his parents gave him his first point and shoot camera. After majoring in photography in college, Spanier worked in the publishing industry as an editor but making pictures never left him. Having only known 35mm, he taught himself medium and large format as well as lighting and crafting his own unique style.

Spanier’s work has won numerous awards and accolades from the photographic community for his commercial work, including: SPD, American Photography, Maggie Awards, International Photography Awards 2010 Art of Photography Finalist (Digital Pro Magazine), Hub's Rising Stars 2008, and is sponsored by: Lowepro, Photoflex, Brunton Outdoor and Imagenomic.

Ian's first full book of published work, "Playboy, a Guide to Cigars" arrived in cigar shops November 2009 and the public version hit retail stores Spring 2010. The book is a collection of his photographs made in six countries spanning two and a half years.

The original masters of photography have always inspired Spanier as they shot what they saw. For him, there is no “one” subject that he photographs; he also chooses to shoot what he sees.

Currently, Spanier lives with his wife and two sons in New York.

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