October 13 - 4:18 PM
A few years ago, celebrity photographer Kwaku Alston learned that he and his wife would soon be welcoming their first child. As he documented the pregnancy and then his newborn son, Kwaku became inspired to explore fatherhood as a subject. Tomorrow, Kwaku and writer/editor Adam Kulakow will be at the Apple store on Santa Monica’s […]
May 29 - 7:16 AM
Back in 1996, Kwaku Alston photographed the Dark Room Collective, a group of African-American poets—founded by Thomas Sayers Ellis and Sharan Strange—that ignited a literary movement. The New Yorker published one of his portraits of the collective at the time (in its June 24, 1996, issue), and this week, another image from that session appears in […]
May 19 - 4:36 PM
E! Entertainment Television in Los Angeles recently exhibited select celebrity portraits from Kwaku Alston‘s “On White” series. The photos were taken with a Deardorf 8×10 film camera that dates back to the 1960s, Kwaku explains at his blog, Art of Studio. “To produce this ongoing series, I time traveled down the road of legendary photographers […]
March 04 - 11:02 AM
The March issue of Essence celebrates what proved to be a triumphant year for African Americans in cinema, from Lee Daniels’ The Butler and Fruitvale Station to 12 Years a Slave‘s Best Picture win at the Oscars. Late last year, the magazine asked Kwaku Alston to photograph some of the key players who helped make […]
February 20 - 1:11 PM
In “The Studio Issue” of PDN, published this month, Kwaku Alston takes readers inside his Venice Beach, California, workspace—a cute two-story building on Abbot Kinney Boulevard that he purchased 13 years ago. At the time, the area was known for grit and crime, and Kwaku recalls that after he bought the place, people told him, […]
February 14 - 7:53 AM
SMart Book 2014, our new photo annual, is hot off the presses and was recently shipped to our clients and colleagues in the creative industry. Designed by Design: MW and printed by GZD in Germany, it showcases images—and new self-portraits—by the entire Stockland Martel roster. We’re very proud of the book and even more proud […]
January 06 - 1:31 PM
Professional Photographer magazine recently published an interview with Kwaku Alston in which he talks about photographing celebrities and other public figures. Below, an excerpt: . . Over the past 20 years, Alston has photographed dozens of celebrities and other prominent figures, from entertainers to business people to high-octane politicians. They all have one thing in […]