Bryan Sheffield


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“This Zebra’s name is Machupa. He lives in North Texas, about 20 miles from the Oklahoma border. This photo was Machupa and I running together. I spent a few nights at this ranch in September 2014 for a project I am working on.” – Bryan Sheffield

We asked photographer Bryan Sheffield for the stories behind some of our favorite shots of his. Then we asked him how he feels when he sees a really good shot and then realizes he left his camera at home. He said “I don’t usually get too upset when I see something great happening and do not have a camera with me. It sounds corny as fuck, but I usually just smile and pull out my iPhone. Maybe later I say “Goddamnit, Sheffield”, or my agent screams when she sees the iPhone pix and nothing else. The only recent time I remember being very upset was a few years ago when I happened to be driving by a giant multi-building fire in Long Beach at like 2 in the morning. I had a camera in my glove box, but only about 2 frames left on the roll in there, and no more un-used film with me. I still parked my car and ran around a bit taking photos of firemen and flames with my iPhone, and trying to use those last two film frames wisely. I was bummed I had wasted all those earlier shots on probably palm trees at sunset, and some goddamn girl blowing out birthday candles or some bullshit. “

Bryan’s new exhibition, LORD GOD, opens this Friday, February 27, 2015 7pm-10pm at FatherSons, 3207 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039. See you there.
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“Graham and JJ are two of my very besties. This photo was taken one night when we all jointly discovered that Graham is a fire-blowing prodigy, and JJ has great tits.”

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“I shot this awesome guy a few years ago for a magazine. One of the most memorable shoots I have ever done. I honestly remember every little detail. Snoop did not stop smoking once. He laughed at me a few times. Said “Hell nah” when I asked him to do a few things. Said “Hell yer! when I asked him to do some other things. I was told I’d have an hour with him. We hung for about 2.5 hours. Great guy.”

 

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“This is black metal musician Xasthur in his living room. This is one of my favorite, and one of the most goddamn bizarre, photos I have ever taken.”

 

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“I shot Autry (Ford Models) in the Malibu surf. Great girl. Looking at this photo now makes me remember I should email Ford about shooting her again soon.”

 

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“Gaggle of Bison in Wyoming. I am sure that I had a pretty long lens on with this photo, but these things were still making my heart race with anxiety of being run-the-fuck-over. Bison are North America’s largest land mammal. Giant, and gorgeous, beasts.”

 

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“Seagull. Mid-Hudson River by Hyde Park, NY. On a drive from NYC to Maine, we stopped off in Hyde Park, NY to visit my grandmother’s grave site. Walked along the Husdon a bit, and most likely looked like a crazy man tracking birds with a point n shoot camera.”

 

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“Generally speaking, hip-hop moguls won’t let you take photos of them being groomed. 50 Cent was gracious as all hell during this shoot. That outta focus closet in the background, had about $145k worth of suits, and watches, in it.”

 

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“Emily – a friend of a friend,  but now my friend – and I were putzing around the LA river one evening. We met a very smiley man with a horse. I am blanking on the horse’s name now, but she was about 20 years old and very happy too.”

 

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“Some rad long haired dudes for a clothing line catalog at a junk yard in Ventura. 100% sure these guys love Jane’s Addiction and get laid a ton.”

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