There is a brand new site update at jamesporto.com. You’ll find new, classic photography in REAL and fantastical, surreal, hyper-real photo illustrations in UNREAL. You are invited to take a look and enjoy all the new work. Thank you for your time and attention.
Village Voice cover
Hitting the newsstands today is this Village Voice cover taking on the issue of gay marriage; now that the Empire State has legalized it, maybe not every gay wants it. I had shot the Statue images years ago from a helicopter and they sure came in handy for this project.
“The simple but profound wisdom of yielding to rather than opposing the flow of life; unconditional acceptance of what is” as portrayed by Margarita Levieva, the amazing up and coming actress who can be seen in HBO’s upcoming season of How to Make it in America. She has also performed memorable roles in Spread, Adventureland, and The Lincoln Lawyer among others (more images follow, click read more).
Alan Mulally for Chief Executive Mag.
Alan Mulally was named CEO of the year by Chief Executive Magazine. You may recall that he is an American engineer and businessman who is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ford Motor Company. Ford, which had been struggling during the late-2000s recession, returned to profitability under Mulally and was the only American major car manufacturer to avoid government-sponsored bankruptcy. We had 15 minutes to do his portrait in the Ford offices in midtown NYC.
An older image which was never published; I’ve always liked it so thought it would be cool to finally publish it here on the blog.
It’s not often that when you are asked to do a pharmaceutical campaign for a psoriasis medication you get to create a series of surreal photo illustrated nudes. So it was a wonderful surprise when Medicus called for the Humira project and assigned me to do just that. Nudes are my favorite subject so the project was a joy, with the only downside being that we had to add makeup to simulate psoriasis on the models skin, but at the end of the day, that was the primary purpose of the images.
This image is yet another (mostly) monochromatic collaboration with the amazingly talented make up artist Min Min Ma. The model is Mila from MC2. Just can’t seem to get away from the red and black palette lately.
With great fanfare, Becca Fitzpatrick revealed the cover of Silence, the third book in the Hush, Hush saga, on MTV Hollywood Crush on May 2, 2011. This cover was yet another wonderful collaboration with Lucy Cummins of Simon and Schuster. We continued with the haunting, austere black-and-white mood established with the first two covers and now see the characters Patch and Nora united at last. For more info on the series and details of the cover shoot go to Fallen Archangel.
This image is a collaboration with Blacksnow Conversions, radical, utilitarian, couture designed and fabricated by Opie Snow and Micah Blacklight. The explosions of powder seemed the perfect compliment to their unique fashion style.
This image is part of a series relating to the relentless over-commodification of every aspect of our culture. Often I drive throughout the NYC metro area and am constantly appalled by the visual ugliness perpetrated by everyone trying to scream their messages. Adbusters picked up on the image and published it as a spread in their Big Ideas of 2011 Jan/Feb issue. Stay tuned for more images relating to this theme.