The Candid Frame #329 Estevan Oriol
Estevan Oriol

is an internationally celebrated professional photographer, director and urban lifestyle entrepreneur. Beginning his career as a hip-hop club bouncer turned tour manager for popular Los Angeles-based rap groups Cypress Hill and House of Pain, Estevan’s passion for photography developed while traveling the world. With an influential nudge and old camera from his father, renowned  photographer Eriberto Oriol, Estevan began documenting life on the road and  established a name for himself amid the emerging hip-hop scene.

Nearly 20 years later, Oriol’s extensive portfolio juxtaposes the glamorous and gritty planes of LA culture, featuring portraits of famous athletes, artists, celebrities and musicians as well as Latino, urban, gang, and tattoo counterculture lifestyles. He has  photographed Al Pacino, Robert Dinero, Dennis Hopper, Marissa Miller, Kim  Kardashian, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Floyd Mayweather, and Lance Armstrong amongst others.  He has also produced shoots for internationally-acclaimed  photographers such as Ellen von Unwerth for Sang Bleu and Luca Babini for GQ Italy.

In addition to shooting campaigns for companies including Cadillac, Nike and  Rockford Fosgate and directing new media projects for My Cadillac Stories,  MetroPCS, MTV and Apple, Estevan has designed album covers and/or directed  music videos for artists including Eminem, Cypress Hill,  Blink 182, Snoop Dogg and Xzibit.  His work has been showcased in select galleries and institutions—such as Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives, Mesa Contemporary Art Center, Petersen Automotive Museum, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles’ Art in the Streets exhibit—concluding with a best-selling book of his work: LA Woman, capturing the dangerous and alluring beauty of women shot in his uniquely provocative and raw style. His photography has been featured in Complex, FHM, Juxtapoz, GQ, Vibe, Rolling Stone and other publications, with appearances on popular television shows such as, HBO’s Entourage and Last Call With Carson Daly.

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