Ian Spanier began taking photographs at age six when his parents gave him his first point-and-shoot camera. After majoring in photography in college, he worked in publishing as an photo editor — but he never stopped taking pictures. To reach further and master different styles, he became skilled with medium and large formats, as well as lighting.
The original masters of photography have always inspired Ian, as they shot what they saw. For him, there is no “one” subject that he photographs; he also chooses to shoot what he sees.
Ian’s first full book of published work, “Playboy, a Guide to Cigars”, arrived in cigar shops in November 2009 and in retail stores in spring 2010. The book is a collection of his photographs made in six countries, spanning two-and-a-half years. His second book project, “Local Heroes: America’s Volunteer Fire Fighters,” came out to critical acclaim in fall 2012.
Clients include: MTV, 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, WP Carey, Time Inc. and Simon and Schuster, FLEX Magazine, M&F HERS, Price Waterhouse, Lowepro, FujiFilm, and 2Xist.