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quickie bio.... born and raised in nyc, child of the late swinging 60’s, catholic school, aviation high school, electrical engineering, discovers photography, turns 18 goes to paris for the summer, parsons school of design, backpacks europe, assists for a while, starts out on his own, loves photography, circumnavigates the globe a few times, japan, brazil, afghanistan, south africa, meets many new people along the way, art, editorial, commercial, advertising, computers, loves b&w film, digital, misses black and white polaroid, still old fashioned sometimes, and has the best job in the world.

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william vázquez: photographer nyc

commercial photography, documentry, fine art, ideas, and the photographic process



Samsung: Somewhere in Europe

I recently did two advertorials for Samsung for the European market. One that talks about Samsung's mp3 players with Ken Pohlman who is an absolute guru on digital sound. That one we shot in Atlanta, Georgia at Big Studio last summer when its 100 plus degrees outside. Thank God we were in a studio! The other advertorial was shot in NYC and it was about Samsung's Series 6 HDTV's. That advertorial featured Karim Rashid who is a master of product design.
It was really great working with these two masters in their fields. It is always great to talk to people who are at the top of their professions. It gives a better insight on what is behind the ideas that they come up with.

This is the first advertorial with Ken Pohlman. Check out the Samsung DNSe site and hear what Ken has to say about the technology.
Here is final Samsung Series 6 HDTV advertorial with Karim Rashid.

Here's a little production info on that shoot.
First we had to find a gallery space in NYC that was just right in size and configuration. That was much harder than you would think. Richard Hobbs the location scout did some exhaustive research and pounded the pavement to find the perfect one in record time. Even though it was perfect there is never enough space to fit everyone so it was pretty crowded with crew, equipment, and clients.

Lighting and photographing Karim was much easier than getting the TV just right. We had to shoot the TV in studio in order to get the perfect lighting on it. Although a blend of the studio version, and the gallery version were used in the final  ad

Overall the final shot is probably composed of 5 different shots to get it just right. I had a great crew, and great clients who really worked hard to make it a good project and fun experience for everyone. Next time though we have to all go Salsa dancing....
Client: Samsung
Agency: Agenda
Creative Director: Dan Koh
Art Director: David Rodriguez
Account Exec: Rich Lim
Photo Assistants: Este Aladroo, Andrea Patton, Gabriela Herman
Fashion Stylist: Allyson Vieira
Hair/makeup: Kim Do

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Pool Building

The client wants a model standing on rocks in water. So I had to build a 12' x 16' pool in the studio to make that shot a reality. My client then asks for rain in the shot. Oh oh that would require a studio with drains in the floor and our budget going out the window so that idea is nixed. Here is a small super fast movie of the pool building and shot. Its kinda rough with no sound, but you get the idea. I will have a much slicker behind the scenes movie posted soon. Thanks to my assistant Andrea Patton who helped put it together.

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Geisha "in process"

Here are some more behind the scene shots for this project. The final images will be enlarged to 8'x12' and will be used in a high end restaurant in Atlantic City. I learned quite a bit about Geisha's in the process of producing this shoot. Thankfully I had Allyson Viera the prop/fashion stylist to make it all happen and guide me. Not to mention the model Natsuko who kept her good humor with about 25 pounds of makeup and costume to became our Geisha.

As you can see almost every square inch of the studio was taken up by the sets. Notice the pool in the foreground? More on that in the next post
There will be more images, the final retouched images and a behind the scenes video. I will post it once its ready.

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Here is a quickie end of the shoot photo with Natsuko from a current project I am working on. I will post a behind the scenes, and finished pics when they are ready. Thats me in the shot by the way, and I am not holding the fan.....




"Boliva, Cambodia, Kosovo"

Some spreads from my second self published photo book titled "Bolivia, Cambodia, Kosovo." It's about people I photographed in some far flung locales for a client last year. A great client and a great project. The best part was that it was just me and my camera, and I got to meet some really wonderful people. Photography made possible by Abbott Fund
The book is not available in stores if anyone is interested let me know and I can have more printed up. I don't know what the cost will be. It depends on how much interest there is. I did it mostly as a portfolio piece and did not plan to sell it.
Cover wrap: Family in Cochabamba, Bolivia
Bolivia: diabeties clinic, Centro vivir con diabeties
Cambodia: Ankor Childrens Hospital, Siem Reap Cambodia
Kosovo: Neonatal hospital, Prishtina

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