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  • USA
  • Born in:1962
  • Assistant since:1982
  • Driving licence:Car
  • Personal car:personal car available
  • Passport:no
  • Languages:English

Photo Assistant

John MacLean

People, Portrait, Architecture, Location Scout, Fashion, Beauty, Stillife, Food, Landscape, Transportation

Know How:

I worked in Los Angeles/Hollywood on commercial/national advertising campaigns and celebrity/editorial projects during the 1980s-90s. My experience was wide and I got to work in all ranges of jobs. Some of the shoots were with the following clients: Apple, AT&T, BodyGlove, Rollerblades, Kawasaki, Transitions Eyewear, Kent and Camel Cigarettes, Mitsubishi truck catalog, Michael Jackson, David Carradine, Harriet Nelson, Cybill Shepherd, Larry Hagman,

Steel Pulse for Adidas, Tales from the Crypt, Tango & Cash (Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell) and many more.

Cameras:
(Film) Sinar 4x5 and 8x10, Hasselblad, Mamiya, Nikon, Canon (Digital) Canon EOS

Lighting:
(Strobe) Dyna-lite, Norman, Profoto, Speedotron (Hot lights) Arri, Mole-Richardson

Grip:
Matthews Studio Equipment (yes, I can properly setup and nest c-stands!)

Computer:
macOS, PS 2021, LrC, Epson 9900, X-Rite and NEC SpectraView II (color management)

References as assistant / Career

I'm a self taught photographer that got started in 1972 with my dad at age 9, processing B&W in our basement darkroom. Ten years later I was living in California and chasing my passion working with a wide variety of shooters.

Around 1986 I took a corporate job at Mattel's photo department as a studio assistant/in-house photographer.

After that I did some more freelance assisting, up until 1992 when I moved to Santa Fe, NM to become a full-time shooter and photo educator.

I can offer old school knowledge and workmanship.

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