TESTIMONIALS

CULTURIST

My life and work have been about the pursuit and experience of beauty. Beauty is how I make sense of the world. Beauty is where I discover truth. And truth is more essential than ever.

 

I first picked up a camera at the age of two and fell in love with the camera itself — how it looked, what it felt like in my hands, and the idea of creating and capturing a moment that could last seemingly forever. By age four I loved photographing my family and surroundings with my treasured Kodak Pocket Instamatic 20. 

 

And then for roughly the next thirty-five years, I put the camera down and pursued beauty in other ways and through other mediums. 

 

But roughly ten years ago, I rediscovered my passion for photography, and it has led me to people, places and a life that I never would have imagined. It’s led me to see the world differently; to see it in shades and tones of light and shadow. It led me, a native New Yorker, to move to the Reno/Tahoe basin after meeting an incredible community of people through attending Burning Man. And, it’s led me to create a body of work that no matter the subject or type of photography, is about making the viewer stop in their tracks to conjure with what they’re seeing and feeling. 

 

I photograph practically everything — which doesn’t lend itself easily to “marketing,” which asks the artist to concentrate on one type of creation— which isn’t who I am. I have professionally photographed everything from fashion, boudoir and fetish, to landscape, architecture, music, event and family photography. No matter the subject matter, I find the beauty in the essence of a moment — and I am exceptionally skilled at seeing and creating those moments. 

 

I am a graduate of the world-renown School of the International Center of Photography in New York City, where I studied and learned from some of the best photographers in the world. Prior to that, I worked in the record business for the better part of two decades for such companies as Island Def Jam, Elektra Records and EMI Records. Over the course of my music career. I worked with artists as varied as Thursday, Def Leppard, Metallica, Jay-Z, the Bob Marley Estate, Metallica, the Breeders, and dozens more. I was also a music blogger and a consultant for Sirius/XM’s E Street Radio. 

 

My camera is my tool to make sense of this world, helping to add just a bit more beauty to it. And the camera is also my tool in which to serve; to serve my community, serve my clients, and serve, as best as I can, humanity. When you work with me, my commitment to you is to create imagery that transcends mere trend to communicate something far more powerful and memorable. 

I look forward to creating beauty with you. 

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© 2020 BEN LAZAR PHOTOGRAPHY

ben@benlazar.com  |  917.673.7085  |  Reno, NV 

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