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6 Los Angeles Photographers to Watch Out For

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Updated: 6 June 2017
What would Los Angeles‘ culinary and nightlife scene be without photographers to capture it? Here are six L.A. photographers whose work delights, from sumptuous food photos and gorgeous portraits to the downright bizarre.

Jakob N. Layman

A scroll through Layman‘s Instagram feed reveals mouthwatering images from L.A.’s freshest restaurants and bars. While Instagram was essentially made for sun-drenched overhead images of everyone’s daily lunch, Layman is uniquely able to capture spaces, food, and beverages at their finest in every light and from every angle. He presents cocktails with elegance, while heartier plates get the bold treatment they deserve.

Mama Juana at La Descarga | Courtesy of Jakob Layman
Mama Juana at La Descarga | Courtesy of Jakob Layman

Vico Velez

Originally from Mexico City, Vico Velez graces L.A. with an aesthetic that is both vibrant and sexy. Velez employs a diverse array of models then applies her own pop aesthetic. Her subjects are playfully covered in desserts, worshipping at the shrine of pizza, dusted in gold, or draped in pastels or futuristic garb. Her colors pop, which should be no surprise considering the photographer herself is easily recognizable by her vibrant pink hair.

Model Cosmopolitan Douglas | Courtesy of Vico Velez
Model Cosmopolitan Douglas | Courtesy of Vico Velez

Barry Mulling

The mysterious Barry Mulling shoots dark and stunning images of people and places, often with colorful, billowing plumes of smoke or spurts of fire and juxtaposed with sharp photos of architecture. Models are often dressed for the apocalypse, and it’s not uncommon to come across a skeleton or a clown when perusing his portfolio, shot with an expert eye.

Butch Locsin | Courtesy of Barry Mulling
Butch Locsin | Courtesy of Barry Mulling

Annie Lesser

Playwright and photographer Annie Lesser shoots concerts with a keen eye, capturing the energy of performers and crowds, but she also excels at shooting thoughtful portraits of those same rock stars as well as of her friends.

Scenes from Electric Daisy Carnival, 2016 | Courtesy of Annie Lesser
Scenes from Electric Daisy Carnival, 2016 | Courtesy of Annie Lesser

Wonho Frank Lee

As a photographer for Eater LA, Wonho Frank Lee is always shooting the latest food trends and newest restaurants in town. Whether he’s shooting the menu of a fine dining establishment run by a celebrity chef or a simple slice of pizza, his feed is guaranteed to make you hungry.

Tamarind Chicken // karaage chicken glazed with spicy tangy tamarind, cilantro, dried chili // 🍴 @BlackRabbitRose

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Paul Koudounaris

Author and photographer Paul Koudounaris is a frequent traveler, capturing eerie images of ossuaries and charnels around the world, as well as the stray cats he meets while on the road. At home, Koudounaris stages photo shoots using his own, very cute cat in a variety of tableaus. Koudounaris’ images are always unpredictable, but they’re always interesting. You might catch him at one of Los Angeles’ many art or cultural events, snapping photos or lecturing on topics including demonic cats or ghosts.

Courtesy of Paul Koudounaris
Courtesy of Paul Koudounaris | Courtesy of Paul Koudounaris