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Meet Adam Sheridan-Taylor

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adam Sheridan-Taylor.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started shooting right out of college back in 1993! Headshots mostly, and then, after visits to NYC, more editorial work. My work has been published in, amongst others, Newsweek, Vibe magazine, YM Magazine, Black Book, The London Sunday Telegraph. I’ve also shot many book covers.

In the last few years, I’ve been photographing many acclaimed Hip-Hop artists, both in the studio and during their shows and concerts all over the U.S. and Europe. This contrasts with my other more traditional work photographing portraits of Actors and Attorneys.

For the past ten years, I’m repeatedly hired to photograph conventions for women’s law groups WLALA and CWL which manage to incorporate several photographic components I enjoy. Those being portraits and vérité/ reportage.

My personal work centers on Street photography both in color and perhaps even more so in black and white. My influences have been and continue to be extensive and include Garry Winogrand, Irving Penn, Stephen Shore, William Eggleston, Richard Avedon, and contemporary photographers Juergen Teller, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Martin Parr.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
For a few years, after the Dot-Com bubble burst, in 2000, recession hit, Work slowed, and I subsidized my photography income with color and black and white darkroom printing four nights a week at a professional lab called the Icon. One of very few left in Los Angeles.

Please tell us about Adam Sheridan-Taylor Photography.
I think that what sets me apart from others is my personality! I’m comfortable working with a broad array of clients.

I work with digital equipment only, although I started with film and printing in darkrooms which I worked with for more than ten years. I’m a sole proprietor, freelance, and do the vast majority of my own retouching.

I specialize in portrait photography both studio and environmental. My Actor and Attorney portraits are known for being very clean, bright and polished. Also, event photography makes up 15% of my work.

Reportage/Street photography is more of a passion, and I sell some of my work to art photography appreciators. I’m also known for photographing Hip-hop artists in a variety of environments for their publicity and social media content. It’s these last two categories that make up the bulk of my own social media galleries and is work I’m most proud of. The reasons for this are twofold. For one, they allow me a high degree of autonomy and creativity, with few boundaries. And two, they often force me out of my comfort zone due to large crowds, and a sometimes uncooperative general public, or weather!

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
A great question! However, any regrets that I have extend only to my personal life like family and friend relationships. Not my work or career.

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Image Credit:
All images by Adam Sheridan-Taylor. Others in the shots that I want (or can) credit are: London On Da Track (drinking) in the 2 person shot. Hip-Hop Producer/Artist, Coi Leray (B/W sitting) Hip-Hop Artist, Christel Cornilsen (B/W profile in big hat) Doc. Filmmaker, Nina Markowitz (Blond) color headshot.

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