Space X | Elon Musk

Posted: May 31st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Film, Los Angeles, Mamiya

It is one of those rare things when you land a gig that gets you incredibly excited just to be a part of something. Such is the case when I was shooting for Space X a few years ago, when they only had a dozen or so rocket engineers and a test engine. Rocket engineers. I mean, c’mon.

It was a true start up: lean and mean with everyone pitching in, the constant buzz of knowing that they were changing the game. Elon did not have many publicity shots of himself so I found myself in my most uncomfortable shooting scenario: camera stuck on a tripod, lights and cables, sandbags and assistants.

Who cares? It was damn cool to shoot for Space X until their Falcon rocket reached the launch pad for the first time and then seasoned space exploration photographers who had shot for NASA for decades stepped in. Can’t blame them as some of these photographers were legends and had seen it all.

It is the end of May 2012 and the first private space vehicle from Space X has been docked to the International Space Station for two days. Congrats, Elon and Marybeth!

Shot sometime in 2005 for Space X in Hawthorne, CA at the Space X Hangar. Mamiya Pro II 67 and FUJI Pro 800Z, rated at 400. Two Dynalites and a big ass hunk of metal.

Elon Musk, Space X facility at Hawthorne; Mamiya Pro II 67, Fuji Pro 800Z, sometime in 2005 © Doug Kim

Elon Musk, Space X facility at Hawthorne; Mamiya Pro II 67, Fuji Pro 800Z, sometime in 2005 © Doug Kim


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Portrait | Jon T. Howard

Posted: May 26th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Film, Leica, Los Angeles, Mamiya

I was hired by a record company to shoot the album cover for Jon T. Howard in Los Angeles and we started the day off with some portraits in a friend’s house in Reseda. Never one for the studio or set up shots even though that’s where you earn bigger money, the shots with the strobes and my assistant were flat and dead and lifeless.

It was only at the end of the day when we moved to the street and I shot on the street with natural light that things began to groove. Being on my feet, moving fast with little gear is my comfort zone. It was a good time and shooting that luscious Fuji NPZ 800 pulled a stop and a half is always a joy.

That alley is the last great urban alley in downtown Los Angeles and it has been featured in hundreds of shows and films. I’ve shot there numerous times but this day, there was literally shit on the brick walls. Who takes time to smear their shit on a wall? The stench was powerful. Jon T. was a trooper for taking it as my assistant refused to even step off the sidewalk to enter the alley.

Jon T. Howard, shot with a Mamiya Pro II, 85mm lens, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Jon T. Howard, shot with a Mamiya Pro II, 85mm lens, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Jon T. Howard, shot with a Leica M6 TTL 0.58, 35mm summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Jon T. Howard, shot with a Leica M6 TTL 0.58, 35mm summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Jon T. Howard, shot with a Mamiya Pro II, 85mm lens, Fuji NPZ 800 © Doug Kim

Jon T. Howard, shot with a Mamiya Pro II, 85mm lens, Fuji NPZ 800 © Doug Kim


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Portrait | Nicky Katt

Posted: May 24th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Cinema, dougKIM photography, Film, Leica, Los Angeles, Mamiya

A few years ago, I got a great assignment from Metro.Pop Magazine in Los Angeles. The job was to shoot Nicky Katt in Hollywood and the art direction I received was to just “show up and do what you do.” It’s rare to get that kind of freedom shooting editorial, especially since I am a black and white, natural light shooter.

And plus I knew Nicky Katt’s work. It was only after recently talking to a friend about him that I realized Nicky is a cinemaphile’s actor. You really have to be a nerd about American cinema to know who he is. I know that he’s been on TV but I’ve always known him for his small but memorable roles in independent films. Think about it. You might know him as:

  • the smart ass hit man in The Limey
  • the Nazi in a 50s greaser uniform in Dazed and Confused
  • the guy with the tongue boil in Planet Terror
  • one of them cops in Insomnia
  • the rocker dude in the van in School of Rock
  • the tough in the bar inSecondhand Lions
  • the cynical tough in SubUria

I showed up at the house on Fairfax and we got along instantly because we somehow started chatting about Monte Hellman films. It turns out Nicky was collaborating with Monte on a screenplay. Much to the annoyance of the writer, we wouldn’t stop talking about Two Lane Blacktop and Cockfighter.

The challenge for this shoot was the fact that Nicky was obsessed with Sam Peckinpah and recently saw this interview with him where he wore his sunglasses the entire time. So I sat Nicky in this big chair by the fireplace with the dog and his sunglasses and his glass of bourbon and I started taking meter readings. The room was so dark that I had to push my meager 400 speed film to 1600 just to shoot wide open. I couldn’t even focus as the viewfinder for the Mamiya is pretty dark. I literally had to lock in on the wall of the fireplace behind him and walk my camera backwards to put him in the focal plane.

After suffering some anxiety about pushing my film three stops and my inability to focus, I picked up my film a couple of days later from the lab and it all turned out fine. Not stellar images but I really enjoyed that afternoon.

Nicky Katt, shot with a Mamiya Pro II, 85mm, Agfa APX 400, for Metro.Pop Magazine © Doug Kim

Nicky Katt, shot with a Mamiya Pro II, 85mm, Agfa APX 400, for Metro.Pop Magazine © Doug Kim

Nicky Katt, shot with a Leica M6 TTL 0.58, 50mm summicron, Agfa APX 400, for Metro.Pop Magazine © Doug Kim

Nicky Katt, shot with a Leica M6 TTL 0.58, 50mm summicron, Agfa APX 400, for Metro.Pop Magazine © Doug Kim

Nicky Katt, shot with a Leica M6 TTL 0.58, 50mm summicron, Agfa APX 400, for Metro.Pop Magazine © Doug Kim

Nicky Katt, shot with a Leica M6 TTL 0.58, 50mm summicron, Agfa APX 400, for Metro.Pop Magazine © Doug Kim


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Portrait | Leyla

Posted: December 27th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Film, Leica, Los Angeles, Mamiya, Photography

Shot with a Leica M6 TTL, 35mm Summicron and a Mamiya 67 Pro II, 85mm and Agfa APX 400.

Leyla, Union Station, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Leyla, Union Station, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Leyla, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Leyla, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Leyla, West Hollywood © Doug Kim

Leyla, West Hollywood © Doug Kim

Leyla, West Hollywood © Doug Kim

Leyla, West Hollywood © Doug Kim

Leyla, West Hollywood © Doug Kim

Leyla, West Hollywood © Doug Kim

Leyla, Santa Monica © Doug Kim

Leyla, Santa Monica © Doug Kim

Leyla, West LA © Doug Kim

Leyla, West LA © Doug Kim


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Portrait | Cheryl Daro

Posted: December 23rd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Film, Leica, Los Angeles, Mamiya

Shot with a Leica M6 TTL, 35mm Summicron, Mamiya 67 Pro II, Agfa APX 400 and Fuji NPZ 800.

Cheryl, Pepperdine, Malibu © Doug Kim

Cheryl, Pepperdine, Malibu © Doug Kim

Cheryl, Downtown Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Cheryl, Downtown Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Cheryl, Downtown Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Cheryl, Downtown Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Cheryl, Downtown Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Cheryl, Downtown Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Cheryl, Downtown Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Cheryl & Perry, Downtown Los Angeles © Doug Kim


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Emily

Posted: May 31st, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Film, Los Angeles, Mamiya

Shooting Emily had been going well and we were finishing up with the last outfit at the last location, right near MOCA in downtown LA when my Mamiya jammed. I shifted the camera, put my cigarette in my mouth and the camera fired, taking the best shot of the day.

I’ll take it.

Emily Kang, mamiya pro II 67, Agfa APX 400

Emily Kang, Mamiya Pro II 67, Agfa APX 400 © Doug Kim


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Cory O’Malley, 1974-2009

Posted: May 2nd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Film, Los Angeles, Mamiya, Nikon, Poetry

So long, Cory. Rest in Peace.

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cory21

Cory, Sophie, Joy © Doug Kim

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The Moving Finger writes; and having writ,
Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.

Omar Khayyam, The Rubiyyat

To make a donation to Sophie’s education fund, please visit here.


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The Yangers

Posted: April 11th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Film, Leica, Mamiya, San Francisco

Stephanie and Selena are identical twins in San Francisco. When I shot them, we had grand plans for a few locations, several wardrobe changes and a couple of different looks and feels. We had so much fun in their apartment that we never even made it out. I could spend a year shooting them.

Taken with a Leica M6 TTL 0.58, 35 summicron and Mamiya Pro II 67, and Tri-X.

Stephanie and Selena

Stephanie and Selena or Selena and Stephanie © Doug Kim

yangers02

© Doug Kim

yangers04

© Doug Kim


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