Interview With Fashion and Portrait Photographer – Lindsay Adler
Lindsay Adler has risen to the top of her industry as both a photographer and educator. Based in New York City, her fashion editorials have appeared in numerous publications including Marie Claire, Numero, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and more. As a photographic educator, she is one of the most sought-after speakers internationally. Lindsay enjoys teaching on the industry’s largest platforms and most prestigious events. She has worked with some of the top brands in the industry such as Canon and Adobe. Her client list consists of NBC, UNICEF, Grey, Edelman, Saatchi & Saatchi and more.
Lindsay Adler has a clean, bold, and graphic style has become the hallmark of her work. Lindsay is renowned for her creativity and collaborating with designers and stylists in order to create fresh looks.
Lindsay’s energy and enthusiastic teaching style showcase her excitement to share her passion and knowledge with others, whether it is world-wide through prestigious platforms such as CreativeLive, KelbyOne, and the industry’s largest conferences, or through her video tutorials or her five books.
She is located in NYC shooting fashion full time. She is honored to have been named a Canon Explorer of Light as well as a Profoto Legend of Light.
“A photographers work is given shape and style by his personal vision. It is not simply technique, but the way he looks at life and the world around him.”
— Pete Turner
Many of you ask about my idols and influences — Pete Turner was not only an early idol as I viewed his work on the pages of Popular Photography and Modern Photography magazines, but he remains an influence to this day for his use of bold color and surreal images.
I love this quote because it speaks truth to the fact that no two people will see the same thing as it stands in front of them. The way we see it and experience it is shaped by our life experiences.
Turner graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1956 along with classmates Bruce Davidson and Jerry Uelsmann who I introduced to you last week. Turner who passed away in 2017, was a pioneer of color photography, Pete Turner’s career began during the infancy of color photography, at a time when color was used almost exclusively for commercial purposes. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Turner embraced color, seizing opportunities that allowed him to master the process and to create the imagery he felt compelled to make. Unconcerned with the labels of “art” or “commercial,” he created a life’s work that blurs those boundaries.
Turner had a perceptive eye for compositional color. He learned how to manipulate hue and saturation early in his career, to create photographs that looked unlike anything previously seen on film.
I invite you to check out Pete Turner’s work. Remember that the images and colors that you will be looking at were created on film — before Photoshop.
Talent Under 30
I am introducing a new regular feature to TOGCHAT this week. As a teenager coming up through the ranks – I was fortunate to find some great mentors. Let me be clear – these were not mentors who sat me down – taught me everything and nurtured my development lovingly. Nah – actually these were great photographers and great people who frequently kicked my ass, but they saw my potential and they shared lots of little nuggets and tips or guidance and in doing so they essentially held the door open for me. The door that was between me as a teenager and the career that I wanted as a photographer.
I have tried to make it a policy to do the same and hold the door open for other photographers and especially younger photographers who are working hard to build a career.
But we need to do more of that. I need to do more of that. So on a regular basis – just like I am introducing you to an older iconic photographer through the Photo Quote each week – I am going to introduce you to young photographers under the age of 30 who I feel are extremely talented and have bright futures ahead.
Selfishly my hope is that you will start paying more attention to these older and younger photographers than these YouTubers talking about gear or copying each other with whatever the latest trend is. Entertainment is not education. I am introducing you to photographers who have spent a lifetime putting in the hard work and to kids and young adults who are doing the hard work and beginning a path that will create legacies like tonight’s guest Lindsay Adler.
My first Talent Under 30 featured Photographer is originally from a small town in North Carolina. I was very fortunate to actually meet this young man when he was still in High school and i was speaking at a Professional Photographers of North Carolina event. I made a deal with the group that I would reduce my speaking rate if they found a deserving high school student and gave them free admission to the event. They did and I had the honor of meeting Zach Alston.
Zach had very little equipment to work with and yet it didn’t stop him from having a can-do attitude and he knew for sure – he was going to New York to conquer the fashion world.
He graduated high school and attended The Art Institute of Charlotte and then moved to New York and began the process of establishing himself in the fashion capital of the world.
What I appreciate most about Zach’s images – they show attitude. His images evoke an emotional response.
I am sharing the link to Zach’s Instagram and website in the show notes. You will see for yourself that his images look like they belong on the pages of a fashion magazine and indeed if you check the Tearsheet section of his website you will see that already his images are grazing the pages and covers of numerous magazines from around the world.
Remember this name Zach Alston – he has a great future in this industry.
And folks you can help me out and hold the door open for a younger photographer…. If you know of an incredibly talented photographer of any genre – under the age of 30 who is creating exceptional work – please share his or her Instagram handle with me so that I can check them out and possibly feature them here on TOGCHAT.
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