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.
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 camera stores across the country, PPA, NY Photo Expo, Canon and B&H Photo.
Ian is a Westcott “Top Pro,” and a brand ambassador for Westcott, Hoodman USA, SpiderHolster and Imagenomic.
When it comes to photography accessories, quality is key. When I first got my hands on a Spider Holster, what stood out to me was the fine craftsmanship and high-quality combined with just a great product. I have never been a fan of traditional camera straps, with a camera swinging around your neck or over your shoulder slung to one side. Spider Holster is a very intelligent product. The security that comes with knowing your camera is safely by your side in those times when you need free hands to scramble up loose rocks, tighten a C stand, or just simply eat your lunch without placing your camera on a precarious spot. Far too often I see products that are for photographers, that are made by people who don’t understand the day-to-day job as a photographer, Spider Holster was clearly created by photographers for photographers.
In addition to his personal photography magazine “IAN”, Spanier has worked in a variety of fun sectors in his photography career, including various health and fitness magazines with professional athletes, the WWE – World Wrestling Entertainment, the UFC, and more!
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 left NY in 2014 for the sunny coast, and now lives in Los Angeles, Ca.
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