Friday, September 4, 2009

Spotlight on: Derek Blanks

The famed photographer, Derek Blanks has recently been seen as the photographer du jour on the latest episode of Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Atlanta". His current body of work called the "Alter Ego" collection included photographs of Amerie, Eva Marcille, Tisha Campbell, David Banner, the "Housewives" and others. This has really been a superb project for him and it' always good to see a brother being appreciated for his talent.

People often say that his works of art are tangible illusions. Derek uses his subjects toillustrate an underlying story or meaning. Derek's comical and
quirky personality shines through all of his pictures. Whether it's
his graphic designs, painting or photographs there is always a
concept present. Born and raised in Mississippi, his mother realized his talent and
enrolled Derek in special art schools. He attended the Maryland Institute College of Art,
and graduated Magna Cum Laude, receiving his bachelors in Fine Arts. While
in Baltimore, he worked both as a painter and a freelance designer
for several prominent clients such as The Walters Art Gallery, The
Baltimore Sun, and the city paper.

Please visit his website by clicking here

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