Showtime-Jacobs vs. Quillin Poster
What a thrilling assignment from Showtime! The challenge was to create a photorealistic composite of Daniel Jacobs and Peter Quillin portrayed as giants battling high above downtown Brooklyn. Billed as the Battle for Brooklyn, these two warriors are poised for a legendary face-off to settle the score once and for all. Capturing the background was accomplished with a helicopter charter at sunset over the East River and the contenders were photographed in a makeshift studio in the Times Square Millennium Hotel. I am deeply grateful to Showtime and creative director Ethan Callender for calling me in for this exciting and satisfying project.
Blacklight and Centaur at Photoplace Gallery
I will be exhibiting two prints in the Dreams, Fantasies and Illusions Show at Photoplace Gallery in Middlebury, Vt. They chose one of my images for the banner. The jurors for this exhibition are the amazing photographic team of Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick. After years of concentrating on work that is published in books and magazines I’m making a greater effort to exhibit my personal work in galleries. If you’re nearby, stop in and check out all the work.
The Fight is Tonight!
Don’t miss the epic showdown tonight at 9pm, Dec. 1, 2012, between Miguel Cotto and Austin Trout on Showtime! I met both of these gentlemen to do their portrait and tonight they will meet in the ring in Madison Square Garden. Anything can happen so don’t you dare miss it! I turned the corner at 33rd St. and 10th Ave. and happened upon this billboard. I have to say, even after 27 years of shooting, I still get a thrill seeing my pictures reproduced this massively.
Miguel Cotto vs. Austin Trout
Another great assignment working with the Showtime creative team to photograph the poster for the epic, upcoming boxing match, Miguel Cotto vs. Austin Trout. “Showdown: Cotto vs. Trout” is a 12 round battle between Four-Time and Three-Division World Champion Miguel Cotto and WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Austin Trout taking place on December 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Meeting and photographing these talented and fearsome athletes was exhilarating but I’m glad they were scheduled separately; wouldn’t want them to engage in a pre-match altercation in my studio. I recommend tuning into Showtime at 9pm on Dec. 1 to witness the action.
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.