See the Bigger Picture: Defining Your Style as a Photographer in the Digital Age

17 Jan 2017 2016 TALKS

Explore the art of photography through three unique perspectives unified by a legendary rangefinder camera: the Leica M.

See the Bigger Picture: Defining Your Style as a Photographer in the Digital Age

Featuring: Stephen Pulvirent (Moderator), Ralph Gibson, Mark dePaola, Joshua Allen Harris, Van Styles

Presented in partnership with

Leica Camera, Leica Akademie, and New York Film Academy








Saturday, September 24 | 12:00PM – 12:45PM
Location: Photoville Pavilion (60 Water Street Storefront)


Explore the art of photography through four unique perspectives unified by a legendary rangefinder camera: the Leica M. At a time when everyone has a camera, how does a photographer stand out from the crowd? What defines a photographer’s style? Where is inspiration found and what role does camera choice play in capturing candid moments. Join us as we explore these issues and the impact of social media on the creative process with four of the industry’s leading photographers.


Stephen-Pulvirent_HS1Stephen Pulvirent is an editor and photographer living and working in New York City. He is currently the Managing Editor of HODINKEE, the world’s premier publication about wristwatches. He previously served as an editor at Surface Magazine in charge of digital products and at Bloomberg Media where he covered watches and consumer technology and was a frequent guest on Bloomberg TV. He is an expert on the intersections of luxury and technology and his work has been published in a diverse array of international publications.


JoshuaAllenHarrisJoshua Allen Harris was born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania where he went on to study graphic design and illustration. After moving to New York City in 2004 he had the opportunity to attend the School of Visual Arts to pursue a degree in Fine Art. In 2012 Joshua began exploring photography. This medium allowed him to integrate all of his creative interests and since then he has enjoyed pursuing both commercial and personal projects. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife Cameron.


MarkdePaolaHeadshotMark de Paola is a NY-based director and fine art photographer whose work is in the fashion, beauty, and celebrity sector in both still and motion pictures. De Paola has shot countless campaigns, editorials and covers for various noteworthy publications. His storytelling has also been translated across a broad range of television work, having directed nearly seven hundred spots.

His fine art photographic series, “60 Seconds,” delves into a realm of abstract figures, fluidity, and poetic forms, challenging and seducing the limits of motion contained within still image. With each photograph taken handheld with a 60 second exposure, de Paola has discovered the connection between his physiological make up, the Leica M camera as a tool, and time, the unflinching competitor to the timeless image.

His most recent commercial works are the Art of Backstage, a worldwide collaboration with Aveda as well as lectures and workshops including “Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition” at the Contemporary Jewish Museum San Francisco and “Photography Wide Open” with Leica Camera. Producing and directing multiple upcoming feature films, including Proof Film, as well as producing his own fine art portfolios, de Paola melds the crossroads between both fine art and commercial aesthetic.


rg_headshotRalph Gibson studied photography while in the United States Navy before attending the San Francisco Art Institute and working as an assistant to both FSA photographer Dorothea Lange from 1961 to 1962 and filmmaker Robert Frank. Working primarily with the Leica camera, Gibson is most recognized for overlaying elements of film narrative and mystery onto the Surrealist subject of the female body. Fascinated with books, Gibson started the publishing house Lustrum Press in 1970 and has since published over 40 books, including Somnambulist and State of the Axe. Gibson is a Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France (only given to those who have made significant contribution to the arts) and recently was honored with the Guild Hall Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award in Visual Arts. His work is included in more than 180 museum collections worldwide. Gibson is the Chair of Contemporary Photography at the New York Film Academy (NYFA), where he mentors and works with students and the three NYFA campuses (NYC, LA,& South Beach).



Stephen Vanasco  (Van Styles) is a N.Y. born/L.A. raised street photographer whose immersion in the world of skate in the 90’s uncovered a desire to share his experiences and perspective through the lens of his camera. With a deep interest in skateboarding that paralleled his drive to make photographs that mirror his way of seeing, Van’s camera soon became an everyday accessory and an extension of his vision. In 2011 he chose to follow his creative passion and pursue the art of photography, finding myriad avenues to evolve his images into platforms for successful collaborations and business ventures. Following his evolution from skateboarding to photography, Van Styles introduced his popular apparel line, V/SUAL – a brand designed and inspired by his passion for photography with growing distribution.  He is a believer in giving back to rising photographers, supporting projects through mediums such as  Skillshare and other educational programs designed for the creative community. The self-taught photographer hopes to inspire others along their photographic journey with a simple message: Find what you love in life and do it as much as possible.