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Getting to Know Ian Spanier
Listening to Ian’s story you can’t help but be drawn into his world. Doing everything he could to NOT be a photographer, being mentored by the great Harry Benson and waxing poetic about the importance of developing the discipline required to move yourself forward as a photographer, Ian shares his authentic self. In getting to know Ian, you can’t help but be inspired by his focus, his attention to preparedness and to the way he approaches each job. If you listen closely you’ll also see how he has integrated all he knows and all of his experiences into the artistry he brings to each session.
When he was six years old, Ian Spanier received his first point and shoot camera, and from there his fate was sealed. He majored in photography in college and then worked in publishing, though his love for pictures never left him. Ian went beyond his 35 mm experience and taught himself medium and large format photography as well as lighting techniques. His self-taught methods must have done the trick because Ian went on to have a long and distinguished list of clients, including MTV, HBO, Men’s Fitness, Marie Claire, Conde Nast Traveler, Bank of America, The New York Times, Simon & Schuster, Price Waterhouse and many, many more. Ian has published several books including Heroes: America’s Volunteer Fire Fighters (2012) and Playboy, A Guide to Cigars (2010), both of which received rave reviews. What has made his work so spectacular is his ability to "shoot what he sees", and he is continually inspired by great photographers who have come before him. Previously a NY resident, Ian now lives with his family in sunny California, though his work still takes him all over the world.