First PDN Cover for Discovery Communications’ Animal Planet

Discovery Communications’ Animal Planet made the cover of PDN’s October Issue for the first time.  Photo Producer extraordinaire Laura Adams was able to give me some insight into the process of the  actual shoot and how it got to the cover of PDN.

Most of the time shoots require art buyers on site due to logistics–talent management, schedule, managing the photographer and creative director’s expectations and any other photo shoot craziness that may happen.

Here is a little Q&A with Laura:

Q:  When was the shoot?
A:   We shot this in Feb of 2013
Q:  How did you end up selecting the photographer David Yellen?
A:   We had worked with David Yellen before and the art director liked him. We thought his style fit the show.
Q:  Did you attend the shoot?
A:   Yes
Q:  What type of animals were there?
A:   We had a bunch:  a couple of snapping turtles, a skunk, and a raccoon
Q:  Were ASPCA people attending?
A:   They were aware of the shoot but not on the shoot
Q:  Were there stylists?
A:   No- in fact I had to buy him a suit for one of the shoots. We cut the arms out of it etc… I also handled the catering because we were in a weird location.
Q:  How did you get on the cover of PDN?
A:   David Yellen was in touch with them. So the cover was his doing. They interviewed him on how he is changing the type of clients he is getting.
Q:  Who is the talent and from which show?
A:   Ernie Brown, the Turtle man. The show is called Call of the Wild Man.
Q:  Did he bring his own animal?  If not, did you supply and was there an animal wrangler?
A:   He didn’t bring any animals.  We had animal wranglers who brought them and who were on site.

Thank you Laura and keep creating great photo shoots!



Zona Foto Image accepted into Fourteen Hills and Voices/Visions’ arts/literary collaboration, Ekphrasis!

Some of the Bay area’s most talented artists’ work was chosen to have their art randomly paired with prominent Bay Area writers. Each writer will create a written piece inspired by the selected visual work.

The opening reception and release party for the Fourteen Hills and Voices/Visions newest arts/literary collaboration, Ekphrasis is set for Friday, April 11th, 2014 at 1170 Market Gallery from 7pm to 10pm.

Zona Foto’s selected image is from her China Series which was previously on display in a group show “Time in Place” at the Seed Gallery in San Francisco.

Kurt Cobain’s Death Investigation Re-opened?

Whether you are a Nirvana fan or not I think anyone can appreciate the beautiful portrait of Kurt Cobain photographed by Mark Seliger. The image appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine’s June 2, 1994 issue after Kurt’s apparent suicide.

Kurt Cobain, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1993
“This was shot two months before he committed suicide. And seemingly getting better and healthier. But I think what’s memorable, for me, was the experience of having him in front of my camera and really seeing the intensity and melancholy behind his eyes. It’s was a great loss and it’s hard to describe how a photograph makes you feel inside. There’s a sadness to it because he was just a lovely person. In regards to the process, it was a 4×5 on a Polaroid negative and then I shot film on the Polaroid negative.”

Four rolls of film were unprocessed in a police evidence room causing the case to be re-opened by Seattle police. You can see a video clip of MTV’s Kurt Loder looking back on the day Kurt Cobain died. Still image ©Frank Micelotta Still image ©Frank Micelotta.

You can get a glimpse of rare images posted on the site courtesy of the Cobain Estate .