This project started when, just a day or so after the California Public Health Emergency was announced and a lockdown was imposed, I saw a man in my hometown of Santa Monica walking down the street hugging trees. I knew something visual was happening, people acting outside of their normal selves as a way to cope. As a photographer who loves nothing more than finding the caught moment, this strange poetic visual dance was interesting to me. Sometimes odd. Sometimes comedic. Always visual. I cycled the streets with just my Fuji X100 camera, observing and absorbing. The people of Santa Monica, the birthplace of skate culture and the original Muscle Beach, are used to a healthy, outdoors, social lifestyle, so how would they react? As we learn to cope with a whole new normal, I wanted to document the emotions of this changing human experience. These are strange days indeed.
I was just named one of ‘The 8 Best Sports Photographers In Los Angeles’ by Peerspace. Which is pretty cool. And this is what they said about me. Nailed it, if I say so myself!……
“Authenticity” may not be the first word to come to mind when thinking of Los Angeles. However, Robert Gallagher’s focus is just that, and no matter what his subject is, his aim is to evoke the truest essence of that subject and capture it as it is — real, raw, and deliberate. Gallagher does fantastic celebrity/portrait work, shooting folks like Clint Eastwood, Don Cheadle, Harrison Ford, and Frank Gehry, but some of his sweetest gems have included shots of youth and amateur sports, MMA, and beachside body-building. No matter the activity he’s capturing, the texture and feeling that ripple through each image remain the same — unflinchingly genuine, laid bare and honest, and electric.
They had me at hello;)
This week I took part in an amazing panel discussion on the business of Photography at Santa Monica College. Organized by the venerable Mr. Anthony Nex, along with my co-panelists Shelly Waldman, Katie Cornett and Dennis Dunbar, we covered many topics from what inspires us and what motivates us, to what downright frustrates us.
Freelancing is a roller coaster ride and for me personally, seeing how my fellow professionals deal with the same daily challenges, was enlightening. I hope the students got as much out of it as I did!
We were really just the warm up act for an amazing presentation by Thomas Werner on the business of Fine Art Photography. It’s the second time I’ve got to experience one of Thomas’s in-depth presentations, and all I can say is, if you ever get the chance, jump at it. So much valuable information. What I love most about his lectures is it really feels like you’re back in school, listening to your favorite lecturer tell it like it is! Thanks again Anthony for putting on a great event.
Land Speed Racing, El Mirage Dry Lake, California. The high octane screams, the desolate landscape, the stainless steel against a moon-like surface. It’s an iconic, timeless visual that echoes the gritty determination of man and machine has no boundaries.
Some outtakes from a travel story in Tahiti for The Guardian Weekend magazine. I even managed to squeeze in an extra surf day on the main island of Tahiti. Totally worth getting dragged over the shallow reef for!
An epic night of music and mayhem from the mind of photographer, friend and (probably not yet realized to himself) music promoter David Fearn (aka @shitshowdave). Bravo young sir, what an amazing night of loud and sweat!
A bit late on posting this one but last summer I was sent to Napa Valley to photograph the iconic vineyards of Sloan Estate, one of the most exclusive hideaways in the famed wine region. It turned out to be a pretty productive one-day shoot and a nice little travel piece. Here’s the tearsheets from Le Pan.
They say everyone in L.A. has an Andy Dick story. This is ours. Der Spiegel contacted over a hundred people in Hollywood accused of some kind of sexual misconduct for a #MeToo story. All declined to comment or even reply, except one, Andy Dick; “Sure, sounds good!” The actor-comedian had recently been fired from two movies for licking and groping on-set. Yet, we found him to be quite unrepentant about it all, apparently it’s just kind of his thing. It was a wild roller coaster ride of an evening for our shoot and interview. Bizarrely, there was even a member of the band Happy Mondays sitting in the corner. As we began to make our exit, Andy decided to go ahead and leave his mark once again….on one of our crew! As was later reported in The Hollywood Reporter. Just another day at the office.
Congrats to Lizette Salas on clinching the winning point for the U.S. at the Solheim Cup this past weekend. What a win! Photographed here for Golf Digest (with a major wind machine assist by her Dad!)
I’m honored my portrait ‘Naughty America’, above, is a winner in Communication Arts 2017 Photography Competition. My third year in a row! The assignment: Naughty America, innovators in Virtual Reality porn. The Client: Forbes. My approach: ‘Office Space’ meets VR naughtiness! With much thanks to an awesome client who gives me enough rope to play creatively, but not quite enough to hang myself. Check out more from this project below and at gallagherphoto.com and get the very latest on instagram.