Los Angeles corporate photographer for portraits, events, conferences, pr, headshots, parties, working
Gregory Mancuso, an award-winning Los Angeles corporate photographer with 20 years experience, creates captivating corporate, magazine and portrait photography. The types of shooting he does includes events coverage, headshots, portraits, conferences, meetings, parties, and corporate working images & facilities–which are utilized by people in communications, pr, marketing and social media.
Gregory specializes in business and lifestyle imagery as well as environmental portraits that reveal the natural warmth and personality of his subjects within impeccably designed and lit compositions. Using sensitivity, respect and heaping helpings of humor, Gregory is able to relax and gain the trust of his subjects, capturing their inner personality and essence within exceptional photos. He has a knack for making those involved in the shoot, willing co-conspirators of the creative process, resulting in everyone contributing to the pleasant task of making striking imagery. He has worked for many of our finest magazines, agencies and companies.
Time, Business Week, People, Forbes, TV Guide, Discover, Parenting, AARP, Woman’s World, First for Women, ESPN Magazine, HR Magazine, Risk Insurance, American Banker, Architectural Digest, Sunset, Popular Photography, Feature Film, LA Times, NY Times, Gannett Newspapers
Coke, Pepsi, Anheuser Busch, Miller, G E, Motorola, Dove, Sears, Lowe’s, Carpet One, Macy’s, Levi Strauss, Vans, Axe, Lane Bryant, Paramount, Turner, Steamboat Ventures, Blizzard Entertainment, Sprinklr, Hewlett Packard, Oracle, RAND, ICANN, TechMD, Gas Company, SoCal Edison, Verizon, Pac Bell, EPRI, Mobil, Chevron, Unocal, Honda, Toyota, METRO, Clorox, Dupont, Sav-On, Nestle, Playboy, Lane Bryant, Wells Fargo, Investors Business Daily, Union Bank, Bank of America, Lincoln International, Fed Reserve, GreenDot, Country Casual, Ernst and Young, Mesirow, Ridgestone, McKool Smith, Panda Inn, Omni Hotels, Aetna, Farmers, Transamerica, New Egg, Affymetrix, Transwestern, Targus, Paradigm Global Logistics, Getty Center, PhRMA, Bravewell, California Health Underwriters, California Endowment, AOAC
Hill and Knowlton, Edelman, Weber Shandwick, Ketchum, Rogers Group, Burson Marsteller, GCI, Fleishman-Hillard, BumperCar Inc, CKPR, Cerrell Associates, Manning Selvage and Lee, Perry Com, Stoorza Ziegaus Metzger, The Empire USA, Pop2Life, GMR Marketing, Tractenberg, Alison Brod PR, Goodman Group, Lee and Associates, Paine Associates, M Bennetts, Spelling Communications, Fahlgren Mortine, The Hoyt Organization, Chase and Associates, Monaco-Viola Design, Landis Design, Sharp Design
“Greg is probably the best photographer in Los Angeles. He’s a very talented and a top notch professional. I highly recommend him not only as a photographer, but also as a creative consultant who is attuned to the client’s needs. His sense of composition and lighting is way above the crowd. But don’t take my word for it–a quick glance at his portfolio at LinkedIn or at his website will testify to the high degree of his artistry. The body of work speaks for itself. Fabulous creative shots, and very cost-effective. You are welcome to contact me for details, or with questions.” Monica Ballard
“Greg is one of the best photographers in the country – I would consider him always.” Allen Spiegler
“I have worked with Greg for more than five years now. He is extremely dependable, quick and a true master at his craft (photography). I have hired him to do a wide range of events in Los Angeles ranging from industry events featuring various Senators and Hollywood celebrities to my son’s third birthday. In all cases, Greg has been the consummate professional. I highly recommend his work and would be more than happy to give anyone who is interested more information.” K. Forrest Beanum
“Greg was spot-on with high profile talent, right out of the box. John Daly was our talent for a Spot TV shoot and internet video, a ton of material to cover and only a day to do it in. Greg had to shoot around the film crew (PGA Tour Productions) and deliver material for the web and for print. He did it in a totally unobtrusive way and still managed to deliver great material that most shooters would have needed several days to capture and even then wouldn’t have picked up the subtleties Greg lensed. I definitely will use Greg again when I’m in Los Angeles, particularly when there is talent like John Daly involved.” Fred Page
“I recommend Greg for anyone considering a photographer in Los Angeles, no matter the assignment. I’ve used Greg’s services for more than 15 years, and for the majority of that time he was the only photographer I used. He is always on time, personable, readily understands the work to be done and completes it in a timely manner.” Ken Preston
“They say a picture is worth a thousand words…so my write-up of Greg’s work won’t do his work justice. Simply put, when I have an important client project on-line, I want Greg behind the camera, working with me to deliver a top-notch project.” Matthew Klink
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Los Angeles Photography Galleries and Museums
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is an art museum located on Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile vicinity of Los Angeles. LACMA is on Museum Row, and is adjacent to the George C. Page Museum and La Brea Tar Pits. LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States. It attracts nearly a million visitors annually. Its holdings of more than 100,000 works span the history of art from ancient times to the present. In addition to art exhibits, the museum features film and concert series.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art was established as a museum in 1961. Prior to this, LACMA was part of the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science and Art, founded in 1910 in Exposition Park near the University of Southern California. Early trustee Howard F. Ahmanson Sr. made the lead donation of $2 million, convincing the museum board that sufficient funds could be raised to establish the new museum. In 1965, the museum moved to a new Wilshire Boulevard complex as an independent, art-focused institution, the largest new museum to be built in the United States after the National Gallery of Art.
The museum was built in a style similar to Lincoln Center and the Los Angeles Music Center and consisted of three buildings: the Ahmanson Building, the Bing Center, and the Lytton Gallery (renamed the Frances and Armand Hammer Building in 1968). The board selected LA architect William Pereira over the directors’ recommendation of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for the buildings. The LA Music Center and LACMA were concurrent large civic projects which vied for attention and donors in Los Angeles.
The Wallis Annenberg Photography Department was launched in 1984 with a grant from the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation. It has holdings of more than fifteen thousand works that span the period from the medium’s invention in 1839 to the present, and photography also is integrated into other departments. Although LACMA’s photo collection encompasses the entire field, it has many gaps and is far smaller than that of the J. Paul Getty Museum.
In 1992, Audrey and Sydney Irmas donated their entire photography collection, creating what is now the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection of Artists’ Self-Portraits, a large and highly specialized selection spanning 150 years. The couple donated the collection two years before a major exhibition of the collection was mounted at LACMA; the display included photos of and by artistic photographers ranging from chemist Alphonse Poitevin in 1853 to Robert Mapplethorpe in 1988. Among other self-portraits in the collection were those of Andy Warhol, Lee Friedlander, and Edward Steichen.
Audrey Irmas continues to buy for the collection, but now all the additions are gifts to LACMA. In 2008, LACMA announced that the Annenberg Foundation was making a $23 million gift for the acquisition of the Marjorie and Leonard Vernon collection of 19th- and 20th-century photographs. Among the 3,500 master prints are works by Steichen, Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Eugène Atget, Imogen Cunningham, and Man Ray. The gift also provided an endowment and capital to help build storage facilities for the museum’s photographic holdings, leading to the its photography department being renamed the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography. In 2011, LACMA and the J. Paul Getty Trust jointly acquired Robert Mapplethorpe’s art and archival material, including more than 2,000 works by the artist.
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
The Central Library houses and archives the extensive Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection of over 3 million historic photographs from varied sources and collection acquisitions. Many images can be viewed by the public via the online photo collection.The physical Photo Collection an important resource for researchers, writers, curators, and educators
The Photo Collection’s sources have included: the former Los Angeles Herald-Examiner newspaper photo morgue (2.2 million images); the Security Pacific Bank Collection (250,000); the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce image archives (60,000), Hollywood Citizen News/Valley Times Newspaper Collection (30,000), and the ‘Turn of the century Los Angeles’ collection (150,000).
Collection sources also include the portfolios by noted local and regional photographers, such as: the Ralph Morris Archives (25,000) of the Los Angeles area from 1939 to the late 1970s; a collection of 1940s L.A. images taken and donated by Ansel Adams, and the William Reagh Collection (40,000—800 online) of post-war Los Angeles to 1991.
Shades of L.A.
The “Shades of L.A. Collection” is an archive of more than 10,000 images donated/duplicated from family photo albums (collected by former Photo Collection director Carolyn Kozo Cole) that expanded the archives to include the many diverse ethnic histories of people in the city, beyond the already well represented ‘Anglo’ population.
The project’s success expanded to the California State Library creating the “Shades of California” collection to represent the state’s diverse communities, using the LAPL methods and model. The book “Shades of California: The Hidden Beauty of Ordinary Life” resulted from the successful statewide project. Over a dozen California city and county library districts also created local Shades of California collections, such as Monterey, Riverside, and Humboldt County.
M+B Gallery – 612 North Almond Drive – Los Angeles, CA 90069 – (310) 550-0050 – mbart.com
Price: Free – Hours: Tues to Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun and Mon – closed
The M+B Gallery displays “Compulsion” by contemporary artist Alex Prager. The exhibit includes a selection of color photographs, several of them interesting close-ups of the eyes, plus the artist’s new short film entitled “La Petite Mort.” The Los Angeles show will be displaying simultaneously with shows in New York and London.
The G2Gallery – 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd – Venice, CA 90291 – (310) 452–2842 – theg2gallery.com
Price: Free Hours: Sun to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fri and Sat – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The G2Gallery will be showcasing the work of Ansel Adams (1902-1984), an American photographer who became famous for his black and white pictures of the American West, often of Yosemite National Park. Aware that a picture can say a thousand words, Adams’ pictures of nature intended to inspire positive changes on behalf of the environment. The next exhibit at The G2Galley will be “Wild on Earth,” the wildlife and cultural photography of Piper Mackay.
Drkrm – 727 S Spring St – Los Angeles, CA 90014 – (323) 271-5635 – drkrm.com
Price: Free Hours: Wed to Sat – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Mon and Tues – closed
The Drkrm will be showcasing Steven Rubin’s “Vacationland”. Rubin is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography at Penn State University, and in the past has worked as a documentary photographer with assignments in the Middle East and in Latin American countries like Chile and Cuba. His work fits right in with what is often displayed at the Drkrm – cutting-edge documentary and photo-journalistic work that displays cultural images of the past and the presen
Annenberg Space for Photography – 2000 Avenue of the Stars, #10 – Los Angeles, CA 90067 – (213) 403-3000 – annenbergspaceforphotography.org
Price: Free Hours: Wed to Fri, Sun – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat – 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Mon and Tues – closed
The Annenberg Space is showcasing “Digital Darkroom,” the work of 17 artists from around the world who fuse art with technology. Each artist has mastered a particular digital technique such as layered imagery, 3D imaging, picture “stitching” and so forth. Each of the artists has contributed two to six works for a combined display of over 80 prints. Jeff Brouws, Franchised Landscape, Signs Without Signification Portfolio, 2003-2007
Craig Krull Gallery – Bergamot Station – 2525 Michigan Ave, Building B-3 – Santa Monica, CA 90404 – (310) 828-6410 – craigkrullgallery.com
Price: Free Hours: Tues to Fri – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sat – 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sun and Mon – closed
Starting May 26th and and going through July 14th, the Craig Krull Gallery will showcase the work of San Francisco born artist Jeff Brouws. His work is a survey of American rural, urban and suburban landscapes. His pictures turn the mundane and every-day situations into subjects for consideration – from abandoned gas stations to hotels and fast-food restaurants, Brouws makes his viewer give thought to the effects of development and “civilization.”
photo la – The Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition
photo l.a., the longstanding photographic art exposition, returned to the historic Santa Monica Civic Auditorium for its 22nd edition.The fair closed with a strong attendance of over 10,000 and exceeded expectations of its co-producers Claudia James Bartlett, Wayne Fernandez and founder Stephen Cohen, “We are honored to annually bring together the photographic community for a weekend of incredible energy, sales and learning”.
photo l.a. continues to prove itself as an institution and as a platform for dealers from around the globe to come together for the exhibition of vintage masterworks and contemporary photography, as well as video and multimedia installations creating the juxtaposition that differentiates photo l.a.
photo l.a. continued to present outstanding programming with a series of lectures, roundtables and docent tours with Keith F. Davis, Senior Curator, Nelson-Atkins Museum; Weston Naef, Curator Emeritus, Department of Photographs, The J. Paul Getty Museum; Deborah Bell, Vice President, Specialist Head of Photographs Department at Christies and Gordon Baldwin, former curator, Department of Photographs, The J. Paul Getty Museum. Programming highlights included Weston Naef’s Collecting panel, the Fashion and Photography, New Technologies & Social Media and the Architectural Photograph roundtables. Renowned photojournalist Bill EppridgeÂ spoke about his experiences documenting the 1960s, specifically, Robert F. Kennedy’s final campaign. Matthew Thompson, curator and author of “The Anxiety of Photography” – led a round table discussion with a mix of younger Los Angeles artists Andrea Longacre-White, Anthony Pearson and David Benjamin Sherry.
Point of View, an installation featuring selections from noted Los Angeles collectors was a centerpiece of photo l.a. This well received exhibit highlighted the wealth of connoisseurship that exists in Los Angeles. Collector’s statements, placed alongside the photographs, put into perspective the relationship between artist and collector.
Los Angeles International Fine Art Photography Expo
If you’re a collector, a fan of great photography, or an aspiring photographer, photo l.a. in Santa Monica is the place to be. photo l.a. is an international fine art photography exhibition and sale. Galleries from around the world converge on Santa Monica, California to showcase and sell fine art photographs from some of the most famous names in photography as well as emerging fine art photographers. The approximately 70 exhibitors bring work from most major American and European art centers. In addition to the gallery booths, there are lectures by photographers, photo editors, and photo collectors. The weekend usually kicks off with a celebrity fundraiser. Info: www.photola.com (323) 937-5525
In April 2009, the inaugural Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA) showcased the enormous photography community, inclusive of commercial, fine art and photojournalism. As the second largest photography community in the United States, Los Angeles provides a distinctive backdrop to the celebration of the photographic image.
MOPLA was established and exists to advance the celebration of Photography through a variety of events and programs designed to inspire and invigorate the photography professional, enthusiast, emerging professional and collector.
MOPLA’s two-fold mission is to advance dynamic programming designed to engage and stimulate the photography community, as well as to present a comprehensive resource of exhibitions and events in April.
MOPLA 2013’s theme, Wide Angle: Exploring New Photography from Los Angeles and Beyond aims to showcase bodies of work that have been previously unseen or exhibited in Los Angeles. While continuing to focus on creatives in the Los Angeles community, a number of international photographers will be featured throughout the month.
MOPLA was conceived and is organized by the individuals who founded The Focus on Aids Photography Auction, The Lucie Foundation, and the Lucie Awards.
Hossein Farmani is Founder and Chairman of The Lucie Foundation, Co-Founder of Focus on Aids, and Co-Founder of The Palm Springs Photo Festival. He is Principal of The Farmani Group whose roster of companies include PX3 (Prix de la Photographie Paris), The International Design Awards, FYI Design, London International Creative Competition, The International Photography Awards, The Lucie Awards and The Farmani Gallery.
Cat Jimenez is Co-Founder of the Month of Photography Los Angeles, Executive Director of the Lucie Foundation, and a photographer. She studied photography at the Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, California and was featured in the Smithsonian Institute and The Los Angeles Filipino American Centennial Commemoration Committee Project entitled “I am Today’s Filipino”, recognizing and preserving the stories of individuals making a contribution to American Life.
Los Angeles Photography Studios
The enterprise expanded to include a photo studio, modeling agency, production company, clothing line, and, in 1996, a cosmetics line called Smashbox Cosmetics. The cosmetic line was sold to Estée Lauder in 2010.
In 2007 Smashbox Studios merged with Quixote Studios, an LA based film and photo studio founded by Mikel Elliot and Jordan Kitaen. Smashbox Studios and Quixote Studios together comprise 15 studios between three locations in West Hollywood, Culver City and Griffith Park. They also have a production supplies and expendable store located in Hollywood and a vehicle lot in West Los Angeles housing a fleet of production trailers, trucks and motorhomes. Each location has grip and lighting departments; espresso bars; and private, celebrity green rooms.
Smashbox Studios has also been featured on various cycles of America’s Next Top Model.
Los Angeles Fashion Week
In 2002, IMG‘s fashion division, which produces Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, made its first foray west, with Mercedes-Benz Shows LA in downtown Los Angeles at The Standard hotel. Simultaneously, Davis Factor and Dean Factor produced Smashbox Fashion Week Los Angeles at Smashbox Studios in Culver City.
Dozens of designers showed their collections to journalists, celebrities, family and friends at these two centralized venues, while others still chose to show their collections in unique off site venues such as nightclubs, private estates, train stations, churches and lofts. In 2003, IMG and Smashbox united under one banner to streamline services and venues, choosing the Factor-owned Smashbox Studios Culver City location over downtown Los Angeles venues.
In 2009, IMG and Smashbox Studios ended their 5 year relationship on amicable terms and suspended LA Fashion Week.
Smashbox Studios holds an annual photography competition known as the “FACE OFF(Fashion Advertising Celebrity Editorial) for young photographers and photo assistants. In 2007 the 12th annual Face Off show was held at Smashbox Studios Stage 5 in conjunction with Flaunt Magazine and Splashlight Digital.