SPD@SMASHBOX LA: Shout-outs to our Unsung Heroes

SPD@SMASHBOX LA: Shout-outs to our Unsung Heroes Do you need a shot of visual inspiration this morning? We have just the solution.
A few weeks back we had the honor and the pleasure of hosting our first ever Speakeasy in LA at Smashbox Studios West Hollywood. "Unsung Heroes of the American West" put the spotlight on five photographers working in the LA area, each with a special perspective on the work they do, both commissioned and personal. Presented to the audience by an art director, photo editor or rep who is a big fan of their work, the rest of us were able to hear about their methods and challenges, ask our biggest questions, and leave at the end of the night as bigger fans of each of them. If you weren't able to join us, we can share the video portfolios that were created to introduce each photographer -- take a look after the jump...

Photos above: a sample from each of the five heroes featured after the jump -- Diana Koenigsberg, Betsy Winchell, Mathieu Young, Ted Soqui and Jill Greenberg.

Diana Koenigsberg, presented by Charlie Hess, CD of Chess Design.
The soundtrack? The Style Council's "My Ever Changing Moods".

Photographer Betsy Winchell, presented by Carol LeFlufy of Eye Forward.
Soundtrack here is Ryan Adams' cover of Oasis' "Wonderwall."

Photographer Mathieu Young, presented by Lisa Thackaberry, photo editor for Angeleno Magazine.
The music? Rickie Lee Jones' "Tell Somebody (Repeal the Patriot Act)."

Photographer Ted Soqui, presented by Kathleen Clark of the Clark|Oshin Gallery.
Set to the classic "One For My Baby."

Photographer Jill Greenberg, presented by Joe Kimberling and Kathleen Clark.
Music by LCD Soundsystem, "I Can Change."

Lisa, Matt, Kathleen + Charlie.pngAbove, left to right: Lisa Thackaberry, Mathieu Young, Kathleen Clark and Charlie Hess prepare in advance.

feast for the eyes and the appetite.pngAbove: shots of the audience and the before (or after!--it was quite a night) party.

Big thanks to Charlie Hess for producing the night for us, and to Smashbox for hosting. We hope to see you all out there again soon...

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