American Craft: Philadelphia Artisans

chris crisman american craft enviormental portrait

Some of our best days on set are spent working with other artists. Every subject who finds their way in front of Chris’s lens has something unique to offer, but more often than not artists see the world and themselves in such special ways that some of our best images come from the collaboration we can develop with other creatives. Those days are why we love when the editors at American Craft call with a new assignment. These shoots in particular were to honor Philadelphia artisans being inducted into the American Craft College of Fellows, a prestigious group of artists who have contributed significantly to the craft community.

We spent a few days earlier this summer collaborating with a few Philadelphia artisans. Keep reading to see more…

chris crisman american craft enviormental portrait

One of the individuals we photographed was Bruce Metcalf, a jewelry artist. We spent the day in Bruce’s workshop, watching him design and create his ingenious and one of a kind pieces. The space itself was so perfectly curated and inspiring that we opted to use the available light in his space as our key lights, adding in just a touch of strobe for fill. We also experimented with the natural color temperature shifts and played around the with overall warm and cool balance of the final shot.

chris crisman american craft enviormental portrait

And of course no shoot would be complete without a few test shots featuring yours truly. Now that I think about it, I’m not quite sure if I qualify as an artisan? Does photo assisting count?

chris crisman american craft enviormental portrait

We also had the opportunity to meet and photograph Michael Hurwitz, a world renowned furniture designer and craftsman. Michael and his team welcomed us to his studio for the better part of a day where we made portraits, shooting Michael with various pieces of his design and creation.

chris crisman american craft enviormental portrait

As beautiful as his studio was, what struck us most was the coincidence that came with the space. Way back in 2010, before moving to our studio in Philadelphia, Chris and our team had looked at and considered moving into the very building that Michael’s woodworking space resides in. I suppose it’s a small world – but still a strange coincidence – we can definitely say that the space is being well used by Michael Hurwitz’s studio.

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