Kill the Photographer

Bil Zelman's Experiment in Discretionless Curation

Category: Celebrity

Behind the scenes with the San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers asked me to shoot some reportage of their training camp via my old pal Peter Judd at Hub Strategy.  Here’s a taste.     

Lürzer’s Archives Best 200 Photographers Worldwide

PDN Pulse Video – Bil Zelman on Shooting Portraits of Difficult Celebrity Subjects

“Celebrities can be skittish and uncooperative in front of a camera, so photographer Bil Zelman sometimes uses psychology to elicit a particular reaction for a compelling portrait. In this video, he describes how he calmed author Isabel Allende, who was self-conscious in front of the camera, and how he got himself out of trouble on […]

P.J. O’Rourke

“We know nothing about where political systems come from.  We don’t even know where they don’t come from. And considering the shiftless, slave-trading, bed-hopping, debt-ducking (and that’s just Thomas Jefferson) nature of America’s founding fathers, who also included rum-soaked bunkum merchants and Indian-massacring land swindlers (and they all oppressed women and weren’t vegans) we should […]

Fred Savage

KCRW Diaries

Zach Braff-

Support Zach’s Kickstarter project and next film here.

Jay Adams- Dogtown skate legend gets hitched.

In typical fashion- Jay called me two hours before his wedding to his bride Tracy at a local skate park to come and shoot.  I guess the other 75 photographers weren’t enough and YES- That’s Christian Hosoi at the “altar”. Look for my short film on Jay at film festivals late 2013.

Nick Kroll

KCRW Diaries

Phone interview with Sherry Riad regarding “KCRW Diaries”.

Click “Vimeo” link in lower right of video to view in full resolution.

Gustavo Arellano- Bestselling author of ¡Ask a Mexican!

KCRW Diaries

Remi Kabaka-

Renowned Nigerian drummer and percussionist for the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Paul Simon to name a few.

Reggae superstar Rocky Dawani-

Being named Best African Artist at the World Music Awards, CNN’s Top 10 African artists and Ghana’s Ambassador of tourism didn’t stop Rocky from cooking us one of the best dinners we’ve ever eaten.  Bless you Rocky.

Eagles founder Glenn Frey gives his best Mona Lisa-

Kimbra recording with KCRW, Los Angeles

Recording with the White Rabbits-

Don Cheadle Photographed in Los Angeles-

Jóhann Jóhannsson

Genius composer Jóhann Jóhannsson playing for KCRW, at The Village studio Los Angeles.

Jason Segel- I love you man!

The Shins recording for Sony Music at famed Village (Studio) in Los Angeles-

Brian Unger is a serious man.

Elmo photographed in Los Angeles. Seriously.

White Denim at KCRW, Los Angeles

The many faces of Kristen Wiig.

Rolling Stone Italia.

Werner Herzog photographed in Los Angeles-

In the offices of Tony Hawk-

Cool PDN feature on Factory Design Labs including our Revo Sunglasses campaign-

Shot on location in Patagonia-

Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore with KCRW Los Angeles.


Patagonia with Sebastian Copeland and Factory Design Labs for Revo