Ian Spanier began taking photographs at six years old when his parents gave him his first point and shoot camera. After majoring in photography in college, Spanier worked in publishing as an editor, but making pictures never left him. Having only known 35mm, he taught himself medium and large format as well as lighting.
Clients include: MTV, Comedy Central, A&E, HBO, Runner’s World, Fast Company, Shape, UFC, Conde Nast Traveler, Danskin, Field & Stream, Muscle & Fitness, Men’s Fitness, Marie Claire, Time Out NY, Psychology Today, The New York Times, Los Angeles Magazine, AirTran’s Go Magazine, The New York City Economic Development Corporation, Bank of America, Gerber Knife Company, This Old House, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Robert Irvine, Oxygen, WP Carey, Time Inc. and Simon and Schuster, FLEX Magazine, M&F HERS, Price Waterhouse, LowePro, FujiFilm, and 2Xist.
Ian’s first full book of published work, “Playboy, a Guide to Cigars” arrived in cigar shops November 2009 and the public version hit retail stores Spring 2010. The book is a collection of his photographs made in six countries spanning two and a half years. His latest book project, “Local Heroes: America’s Volunteer Fire Fighters,” came out to critical acclaim in the fall of 2012.
Speaking and sharing his experiences and work has become a recent addition to Spanier’s regular schedule with appearances at PPA, NY Photo Expo, Canon, and B&H Photo. He will be leading a week-long seminar at the Santa Fe Workshop in 2019 as well.
Ian is a member of the Lowepro, “Loweprofessionals” Team and a brand ambassador for Westcott, Hoodman USA, Platypod, and Imagenomic.
The original masters of photography have always inspired Spanier as they shot what they saw. For him, there is no “one” subject that he photographs; he also chooses to shoot what he sees.
Although he works anywhere and everywhere, Spanier recently left NY for the sunny coast, and now lives in Los Angeles, Ca.