Christopher McLallen

Christopher McLallen moved to New York 11 years ago to assist big name photographers already established in the industry. The experience earned him recognition by American Photo as one of the top ten young professionals in the United States transitioning from assistant to photographer.

"I used to read American Photo as a student, so I felt honored to be recognized by them while making the transition," said McLallen. "Every experience I had assisting other photographers has helped shape me into the photographer I am today."

Since venturing out on his own, McLallen has worked with celebrities Rachael Ray and Jonathan Rhys Meyers; shot the covers for The London Sunday Times, New York Magazine Weddings, Everyday and Vanity Show; and collaborated on a number of other projects with high profile clients.

From his photos portraying the fast lives of rockstars and celebrities in the world's hottest cities to the exotic beauty of nude models in the tropics to the solitude of those dedicated to the religious life, Detroit-native Christopher McLallen explores what it means to be human.

"Originally raised in Detroit, I have been lucky enough to have a career where I can travel the globe photographing the many facets of the human condition," said McLallen. "Great photographs tell great stories, my aim is to find that great story in every picture I take. My work that has appeared in various commercial outlets, fine art galleries and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."

Since moving to New York after graduation, McLallen has worked with several celebrities, including Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Rosario Dawson and Andrew WK; shot theatre posters for Broadway plays, international book and magazine covers, as well as collaborated on a number of other projects with high profile clients.

“Working with Jonathan Rhys Meyers and the London Sunday Times was a great experience,” said McLallen.  “I happened to be in London finishing another project when the assignment came through.  I had a limited time in a small space at London’s Soho House but luckily I had a great crew, solid concepts and willing talent.”

McLallen's work has also appeared in The New York Times Style Magazine, Italian Vanity Fair, Men's Journal, Field & Stream, Entertainment Weekly and Complex Magazine among others. For one of his most recent projects, McLallen was commissioned by the Benedictine Monks of Norcia in Italy to document their monastery and new brewery, Birra Nursia.

Over the years, McLallen's photography career expanded to include production with various ad agencies. He started freelancing as a producer and created a company named EyeMotor Film & Interactive. Originally, he started the production company to support projects that he and his friends were working on at the time. Since then, he has collaborated with award-winning agencies, photographers, production companies and clients such Campfire, Robert Maxwell, Julian Bazjert, Infiniti, Marlboro, Maxim Magazine, Cinemax and HBO.

“The Byzantium Tests was a transmedia experience for Cinemax’s new spy-thriller 'Hunted,’" said McLallen.  “The marketing agency Campfire hired me to produce the project, which required that I rely on all of my past experience in digital, film and print.  At its basis, the project was a psychological slight-of-hand magic trick, done through a set of visual challenges, enticing users to become part of an elite security firm.  Awards aside, I think the most exciting part of the project was reading the users' reactions to the experience.”

McLallen's interest in all things film began when he was a student at Novi High School, where he was a member of the camera club.  He enrolled at CCS as a photography major with the intentions of becoming a automotive photographer. He fondly remembers professors Bill Rauhauser's passionate teaching style as well as Bob Vigilietti's constant reminder to students to treat their career like a business. He also recalls the long hours he spent sophomore year working in the College's black and white photo labs.

"I seem to remember sleeping in the darkrooms quite often," he laughed. "And when I wasn't in the darkrooms, I was in the library studying the work of other artists."

Before venturing out on his own, McLallen gained experience assisting other professional photographers in New York who were already established in the industry. This earned him recognition by American Photo as one of the top ten young professionals in the United States transitioning from assistant to photographer.

"I used to read American Photo as a student, so I felt honored to be recognized by them while making the transition," said McLallen. "Every experience I had assisting other photographers has helped shape me into the photographer I am today."

To view more of McLallen's work, visit www.christophermclallen.com (photography) or www.eyemotorfi.com (production). 

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