Pistol Studios Presents “Off-The-Cuff” an original Q&A series that introduces you to people you should know through a 10 question (5 professional and 5 random) interview and showcase of their work.
Marcus K. Jones has maintained a close relationship with the fashion industry for fifteen years. In the late nineties he worked through New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts as a video editor for a boutique post-house, Manno Media, that catered to fashion and lifestyle brands such as Christian Dior, Givenchy, Guerlain, and Estée Lauder…….
The neo-pop celebrity photographer Vijat Mohindra, was born in Ohio, grew up in Chicago, and moved to Los Angeles at the age of 18 to pursue photography.
With a singular and driven focus in photography his entire life, he graduated Art Center College of Design already having defined his ultra modernist and hyper synthetic aesthetic……
Mike’s artistic interests were clear from a very young age, excelling at drawing, painting, and sculpting. His love of art fused with his love for computers, and Mike began working in visual effects when he was 17. Mike had an apprenticeship with the Academy Award-winning cinematographer, Russell Carpenter ASC. On the side he shot indie films, commercials and music videos…..
Royal Young is the author of FAME SHARK, which The Village Voice dubbed a “cult classic.” His writing has appeared in the New York Times, New York Observer, New York Post and Interview Magazine….
J-F Vergel was born in Paris, France, and came to these shores when he was 10 years old.
He’s done many things. All self-taught. Including how to speak English by watching Bugs Bunny, Popeye and the Little Rascals.
Let’s start with Lou Reed. He was his guitar roadie for a minute, when he was a self proclaimed “puppy” and worked as a sound engineer at a pre-tour rehearsal studio that catered to big 1980’s Rock and R&B acts….
Originally from Michigan, Nick Stokes first moved to New York when he was recruited to a high school in Manhattan for fencing. He immediately fell in love with the city. Years later he found his interest in photography. After working as a retoucher in Manhattan for a few years, Nick decided to pursue photography full time, shooting beauty, swim/lingerie, and products. He recently expanded into directing commercial work. Nick is based in NYC and loves to travel. He splits his time between NY, LA and Miami.
Born in London, spending a generous five years at Chelsea School of Art from ’87-’92, graduating into Rob O’Connors ‘Stylorouge’, and a baptism of fire by way of the infamous Storm Thorgeson (Hipnosis/Pink Floyd), Woodstock impresario Alan Douglas’ and the Jimi Hendrix Estate, plus a surreal stint at Graceland for Elvis Presley Enterprises.
In ’96 Bull founded Yacht Associates, which quickly gained a wide a varied client base predominately within the UK and US music industries, clients ranging from Warner Bros to Def Soul and with a string of covers finding themselves in the top ten and a few at number one.
Melissa Scheetz didn’t find photography. Photography found her. She enrolled in a dark room class for the sole purpose of completing her college credits. Her love and passion for the art form were instantly born during that six week period. After assisting various fashion photographers in London, Scheetz returned to NYC and began focusing her talents in beauty and cosmetic still life. Her work has appeared in such magazines as Cosmopolitan, W and Harper’s Bazaar.
Photographer Todd Barry started his career at the age of 18 after discovering photography while on a surf trip in Bali. He started assisting a film director as soon as he returned to home in Australia. He later moved onto London and New York. He got his big break photographing Gisele for the cover of Nova magazine. Since then, he has worked for Almay, CoverGirl,Pantene, Maybelline, Gucci, H&M, French Connection, and Le Specs.
Jenny’s portfolio of beauty portrait photography demonstrates an innate capacity to portray her subjects in the most exquisite light. From close-ups of natural, flawless skin to graphic experimentations with form and colour, Jenny’s career has been dedicated to the beautiful.
While earning a degree in economics at the University of Michigan, Jesse Frohman picked up a camera and never put it down. When he returned home to New York, he had no formal training or experience, but he did have a portfolio of platinum prints, which caught the interest of legendary photographer Irving Penn, who hired Jesse to manage his studio.
Brooke is one of the most sought after young female photographers. Sexy, Energetic, and fun is what clients such as Doritos, Converse, Lee, and Covergirl hired her for. Brooke Nipar was born and raised in Southern California but is currently bi-coatsal with residences in LA and NY.
Bliss Lau’s internalized combination of cultures manifests itself in each concept, thought, and creation. Half Chinese-American and half American, raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and educated at Parsons The New School of Design in New York City.