San Francisco Towers

San Francisco Towers is a luxurious senior living community located right in the middle of San Francisco.  I was commissioned by Tim Paschke and Jeremiah Wright of Resin Global to execute their vision of an image that combined several of San Francisco’s iconic landmarks into a single image.  What a great assignment it was to photograph my second favorite city in the USA and then solve the puzzle of this composite.  It was both fun and challenging.

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Phantasten Museum Exhibit-Vienna

Two of James Porto’s Winged Women gelatin silver prints will be shown at the Society for Art of Imagination show taking place in Vienna at the Phantasten Museum.  They are 12 x 15 inches framed and from an edition of 10.  The opening is Saturday, April 14, 2012 so please feel free to attend if you happen to be in Vienna.  It runs through April 29.  Read more to see the images and for more detail.


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Subway Love at Photoshop.com

This image, Subway Love, was made as a portfolio piece.  Adobe Systems is featuring the image at Photoshop.com as the 4th image in the slideshow through February.  I guess they thought it would align well with Valentine’s Day.  I am honored and grateful that they chose my work because their software has been central to my image making for 20 years.  I’m still amazed at what this incredible program can do with images; it helps turn my dreams into realities.

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2011 Paranormal Cover Art Awards

The Silence cover and the entire Becca Fitzpatrick, Hush Hush series, for which I created all the covers, in collaboration with Lucy Cummins and Simon and Schuster, has won the 2011 Paranormal Cover Art Awards in 3 categories.  Yee hah, cue the trombones and ice the champagne! To see all the winners and runners up, click here.

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You may have noticed posters and ads for Showtime’s new season of Californication.  I was thrilled to collaborate with Michael Hathaway, the creative director at Showtime on photographing and composing the key art for this hit series. For more info on the show, go to the Showtime website.

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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.

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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.

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“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).


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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.


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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.

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