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Meet Kevin Weinstein

 

A moment. An expression. A triumph or tragedy. Even a zeitgeist. These things are fleeting. Los Angeles-based photographer Kevin Weinstein keeps them fresh, relivable, potent, lasting.

 
 

Kevin combines the worlds of photojournalism and artistic photography to capture memories, moods, split-second moments, and momentous events.

He’s been doing it since the darkroom ages. The instructions he was taught back then for developing photos has stuck with him: “If it is too light, add time; if it is too dark, take away time.” But in the years since, as film gave way to digital, Kevin has learned that time cannot be added or subtracted—only seized or lost. His art as a documentarian, storyteller and photographer is all about seizing the moment, and the meaning within that moment. Kevin is a master at stripping away the nonessential and capturing the essence of a person, place or point in time. The results: emotive portraits and candids, lively magazine spreads, and images that command attention amid the visual clutter that defines the digital age.

And he’s a snappy dresser to boot!

Before founding Kevin Weinstein Photography in 2001, Kevin spent 12 years in newspaper and magazine journalism. On the newspaper side, he worked for the Sun (Bremerton, Washington), the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the Albuquerque Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland Tribune, and the Sun in Illinois. His magazine credits include US Weekly, People, Hollywood Reporter and Mother Jones. Celebrity subjects include Quentin Tarantino, Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Longoria, Mario Lopez, Stacy Keibler, Smeezingtons producer Ari Levine, and Christoph Waltz, among others.

Through Kevin Weinstein Photography, Kevin became a sought-after event photographer, and as his reputation and referrals spread beyond the Chicago market, he went on to shoot high-profile private parties and special events in Los Angeles, New York, and exotic and cosmopolitan destinations around the globe. Kevin Weinstein Photography has since come full circle, bringing Kevin back to his roots as an editorial and street photographer.

Kevin’s commercial, event and editorial photography is shot with Canon’s versatile DSLR camera, the Canon 1Dx, which allows him to make decisions about lighting, shutter speed and proximity (where fly-on-the-wall distance and discretion might be preferable to up-close-and-personal). Ultimately, though, a photographer’s eye, experience, reflexes and heart matter more than his gear. Kevin’s growing body of street photography is shot with a portable, mirrorless Sony A7 with nary a bell or whistle. A lover of light and all that it touches, Kevin carries this little camera everywhere, capturing all the small wonders that go unnoticed by a society fixated on screens. It’s his reminder not just to seize the moment, but to occupy it fully and thoughtfully. 

Kevin knew from a young age that photography was his gift and calling. He graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute with a degree in photography and went on to earn a Master’s degree in photojournalism from the top photojournalism school in the country, the University of Missouri-Columbia. His schooling is ongoing, as most of what he learns comes through his lens. Kevin has received numerous awards, scholarships and project grants throughout his career, but his greatest honor is the trust clients have in him to document their most important memories-in-the-making.

Read this Q&A with Kevin >