Vincent, a three-time winner at the prestigious 2010 Cannes Lions International
Advertising Festival, is a director and Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer who is known
for his forward-thinking approach to image-making and storytelling. In addition to having
been commissioned by just about every important international publication—including
Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated,
Time, Newsweek, and Life—Vincent is considered a pioneer both for his innovative tiltshift
and aerial photography and in the field of HD-capable DSLR cameras. In fact, his
short film Reverie, the first 1080p video shot with a still camera, was seen by more than
2 million times on the first week of its release in 2009.


 


Vincent, who was born in 1975, began his photography career at the age of 15. He
started as a photojournalist, honing his abilities by landing internships with newspapers
such as The Los Angeles Times and with Reuters. By the time he was 25, he had
established himself as the youngest staff photographer for The New York Times, and by
the time he left, he had a Pulitzer for feature photography under his belt. “His images
stir with life,” PDN wrote of him in a 2003 “One to Watch” profile. “Athletes are colorful
heroes ripped from comic book pages while his wartime photographs successfully
wander between the unimaginably large scale and the touchingly human.”

In 2005, American Photo named him one of the “100 Most Influential People in
Photography,” and his work has been recognized in the Communication Arts and PDN
annuals and by the World Press Photo Awards, the Pictures of the Year Competition,
the Overseas Press Club, the National Headliners Awards, and the Pro-Football Hall of
Fame. And the accolades continue to come his way. In June 2010, he was honored with
a Gold, Silver, and a Bronze in the Titanium category at the Cannes Lions International
Advertising Festival for his work as the director on the groundbreaking Canon “Beyond
the Still” competition, which he spearheaded with Grey Advertising.
“It’s not just the laundry list of awards that sets Laforet apart, though,” noted The FStop
magazine in a 2010 interview with Vincent, whose fine-art prints have been exhibited
worldwide and are part of numerous private collections. “It’s his steady and unique
growth as a photographer. From shooting weddings [as a teen] to the NBA finals in
college to his job at the Times and now his much publicized move to commercial
photography and motion work, it’s been a long and fruitful evolution.”
Since 2006, Vincent himself has charted this evolution on his blog,
http://blog.vincentlaforet.com/, which has become a must read in the photographic and
filmmaking communities, attracting more than 3,000,000 visitors each year. His
combination of candor and expertise have made him highly sought after as a consultant
(for companies such as Apple, Canon, Manfrotto, Lexar, X-Rite, and Zeiss), a keynote
speaker, and an instructor. Vincent, who has been profiled on CNN and Good Morning
America and in dozens of publications, has served as an adjunct professor at Columbia
University’s Graduate School of Journalism and at the International Center of
Photography.

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