Kill the Photographer

Bil Zelman's Experiment in Discretionless Curation

Category: Travel

“Dusk through Dawn” at the Portland Museum of Art.

While shooting a commercial in Portland, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I have multiple pieces in a fantastic show at the museum – Also included are works by Garry Winogrand, Robert Doisneau, Ansel Adams, Minor White, Chris McCaw, Peter Henry Emerson, Edward Weston, Edward Steichen and many others. If you are in the area, please […]

PDN Pulse Video – Bil Zelman on How to Shoot Ads That Look Real (Not Staged)

“Photographer Bil Zelman specializes in shooting lifestyle advertising for top brands such as Coke, Apple and Budweiser that looks real, not staged. Getting natural, emotionally genuine performances out of talent is one of the biggest challenges for advertising photographers, but Zelman has spent his career honing his skill. In this video, he describes how he […]

Shooting, filming and eating our way across Europe on the MS Windows Phone campaign .

A fantastic couple of weeks with superstar producer Starla Stroh and filmmaker Patrick Wright. Footage shot and edited by Patrick Wright and a special thank you to him for keeping me awake during that mad 22 hour drive across Germany.

Bil’s Really Bad At Backing Up

Tokyo subway.

Rolling Stone Italia.

Anything for the shot.

Corrida de Toros. No mixed feelings here.

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

Shot on location in Patagonia-

El Mirage dry lake bed racing

Rode the motorcycle out and camped on the flats with a few good friends-

London rain on the way to lunch with Publicis-

Puerto Rico

Japanese posting for “No giant terrible thing with fire”?!

Patagonia with Sebastian Copeland and Factory Design Labs for Revo

Monkey Vs. Sloth!

I don’t normally shoot nature scenes but…Ten feet up a tree in the Amazon Delta, a sloth eats- (Click).  Sloth looks to me and smiles- (Click). FREAKING SCREAMING MONKEY ATTACKS- (Click) and bites us both.  I fall out of the tree with an angry little monkey on my neck pulling my hair (no shots of that- […]

Some alone time in Tokyo and Shanghai on a recent and wonderful shoot with Apple-

Windy here

Returning a prop at the airport in Seattle. Shit.