Brian Cruickshank began his career 25 years ago as a full-time magazine writer/editor and part-time globetrotter/photographer. After many years of serious photographic study and banging on gallery and agent doors, his photographic work started getting published, first in Lonely Planet & Bradt Travel Guides. Today, he continues to capture the diversity of the human condition in locations both close to home and around the world. Since 2014, his work has been represented by Getty Images. He is especially enthusiastic about photographing humanitarian projects, and has done so for numerous NGOs such as the International Red Cross in South America, Asia and Africa. He is a graduate of the School of Journalism at The Ohio State University. In 2016, he participated in a Masterclass in Ethiopia with one of his major influences, the legendary photographer Steve McCurry.
It has been said that photography is art for people who cannot draw. Photography, however, is art for people who can see. My photography constructs a window around a single moment in time, in an otherwise chaotic world. Each photograph is captured with an artistically imposed and timed sense of color, structure, order and contrasts of light/shadow. I am inspired by the diversity of the human condition and all its contradictions of beauty and ugliness, joy and sadness, quietness and commotion. My influences include Henri Cartier-Bresson, William Eggleston, Martin Parr, Steve McCurry and Vivian Maier. Photographs are captured as digital negatives and post-processed with the same constraints one would have in the darkroom. In other words, I develop my images, rather than manipulate them. To complete the process, giclée archival prints are created in my studio on various fine-art papers, each chosen specific to the work.\
Affiliations: Getty Images
Education: BA: Ohio State University (Columbus, OH). MBA: Northwood University (Saginaw, MI)