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Saturday, January 23, 2016
Vision + Visionaries at photo l.a. January 24th
Vision + Visionaries: A Conversation About Inspiration and the Creative Process featuring B+, Lisa Leone and Bruce Talamon
(aka Brian Cross) was born and raised in Limerick, Ireland. He attended
the National College of Art and Design in Dublin graduating in 1989
with a degree in painting. In 1990 he came to Los Angeles to study
photography at the California Institute of the Arts. While at Cal Arts
he began work on a project entitled, Its Not about a Salary: Rap Race
and Resistance in Los Angeles which was subsequently published by Verso
Books in 1993. It was nominated as a Rolling Stone Music Book of the
Year and made the NME critics best music book of the year list. Cross is
a filmmaker and photographer who has achieved great distinction in the
intersecting fields of cinema, music, design, and cultural studies. He
creates performative documentaries, videos, and photographs whose
subject matter is primarily concerned with global music culture,
particularly, though not limited to, the genre of Hip Hop. His interest
in this phenomena is at once aesthetic, historical, and ethnographic: he
sees relevance not only in artistic forms, but in the social and
cultural histories that these forms reveal, as they intersect with the
dynamics of contemporary urban communities. In this way he draws on
traditions and methods across the visual and performing arts, social
sciences, and urban studies. He is currently Assistant Professor in the
Department of Visual Arts at University of California, San Diego.
About Lisa Leone (exhibiting works in Booth 805)
born Lisa Leone began her career as a photographer shooting musicians
Moby, Lauryn Hill and Maxwell, as well as personalities like Debi Mazar
and Spike Lee. She worked for British Vogue and VIBE where she was a
contributing photographer and columnist for two years. While shooting
stills on a music video the director asked Lisa to shoot B roll. So
began her career as a cinematographer shooting music videos for artists
TLC, D’Angelo and The Brand New Heavies.
few years later, Lisa began work on Stanley Kubrick’s last film "Eyes
Wide Shut", starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Impressed with
Leone’s talent and drive, not to mention The Bronx being common ground,
Kubrick quickly became her mentor. Little did she know the project would
consume the next four years of her life where she would do everything
from set decorating, film & lighting tests, acting and directing
Upon Kubrick’s death Lisa dived into a deeper study between the relationship of cinema and imagery.
continued her cinematography with work on independent films and shows
for directors: Nancy Savoca’s "Dirt"; Showtime, Michael Kang’s "The
Motel"; Sundance, Reno’s "Rebel Without a Pause", Havana Film Festival,
Florence film festival and “Citizen Reno” for Bravo.
July 2012 “Union Square” a film Lisa shot opened theatrically starring
Mira Sorvino and Tammi Blanchard, directed by Nancy Savoca.
May 2012 her solo photography show opened at HVW8 Art +Design Gallery
in Los Angeles. The show chronicles the beginnings of NYC hip-hop in the
80’s/90’s. The show traveled to Milan’s Galleria Patricia Armocida and
The Andenken Gallery in Amsterdam.
September 2014 her solo exhibit, Here I Am, opened at The Bronx Museum.
It was accompanied with a book, of the same title, published by Minor
Lisa serves as Vice President of Artistic Programs for the National YoungArts Foundation.
About Bruce Talamon
Talamon has been a Contract Photographer for Time Magazine,
contributing photographer for the Los Angeles and New York Times,
Premiere Magazine, People, Rolling Stone, Paris Match, Vanity Fair,
Ebony and Jet Magazines and is the author of Bob Marley Spirit Dancer
and the forthcoming Fall 2016 release from Taschen Books featuring his
work documenting the R and B Music Scene of the 70's and 80's.