Rock Paper Photo Presents: JayZ on the Throne
August/11/2012 05:42 PM
(Photo: JayZ by Stephen Stickler via Fine Art Photography at RockPaperPhoto.com)
Stephen Stickler’s photography is nothing short of stunning. He’s photographed Korn, Rage Against The Machine, Rick James, Snoop Dog, LL Cool J, Velvet Revolver, Sugar Ray, Foo Fighters, P!nk, Fiona Apple, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chris Cornell, Buckcherry, Radiohead…you get the idea. One big name after another.
His artistic eye is stunning. Browsing through his portfolio is like listening to a greatest hits album that you never want to end. And while his subjects are famous and some of his album covers infamous, there is something more there. His photos are taken from a curious vantage point that tell stories yet unheard.
Stephen says, “My subjects have usually been those who are very good at doing something - performing, creating, discovering. …I have always been fascinated with what makes a person great, unique, or original, and it has been my goal to capture or to interpret these qualities. I have failed as many times as I've succeeded in that respect, but the quest is always interesting.”
His work is not limited to the music industry. He has also covered the fashion industry and advertising. His work has been published in Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Playboy, Rolling Stone, Spin, Revolver and more.
For more about Stephen Stickler visit: www.StephenStickler.com
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“Rock Paper Photo is pleased to offer a broad collection of Stephen's work as hand-signed archival prints starting at $250. Highlights include his 2002 portrait of Jay-Z, an eye-catching mashup of classical and contemporary elements. (And who knew that eight years later a throne would figure so prominently into the artist's chart-topping repertoire?) A hot palette also rules in his playful outdoor images of Fiona Apple (green, of course) and Red Hot Chili Peppers. A very different, more somber mood prevails in his beautiful black and white portraits of such artists as Jeff Buckley, Iggy Pop, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Snoop Dogg.
Born and raised in Seoul, he took up photography after moving to northern California. He served as photo and fashion editor for Raygun, which allowed him access to bands and concerts. He has shot on assignment for Spin, Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly, and his work has been featured in numerous magazine and album covers. Today his projects include directing videos and short films.”