"I loved our session yesterday! You liked my ideas and I became increasingly comfortable being the model which is not my thing. Your work was terrific, perfect for my upcoming memoir shot. You were sensitive, responsive, complimentary (and complementary) to the process. Thank you for bringing your expertise and self to this experience. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I believe the photos are the evidence." -- Jane Pollak, Professional Co-Active Coach and Author
"Your name was just brought up in our staff meeting, everyone was 'ahh, so nice.' and 'we love Brennan' and then I looked good because I had hired you. THANK YOU." -- Jane Brien, Director of Alumni/ae Affairs, Bard College
"Brennan was soooo the right choice for this! Not just his (obvious) skill and acumen, but his spirit: so many of these photos are filled with the joy of the moment because that's exactly what he was looking to capture. And his constant smile and effervescent personality no doubt contributed to the moments he managed to capture for posterity. Five stars - highest rating..." -- Cornell Green, Stuyvesant High School Class of 1977
"I should be asking for your autograph!" -- Queen Latifah, Musician and Actress
"We liked that picture so much we got the band back together!" -- Austin Hughes, of M. Shanghai String Band, and, The Poor Things
"AMAZING! no one else could have made those shots. I love this shoot, you totally got us." -- Bradford Reed of Blue Man Group, OHM Slice, and Anthems From The Void
"I don't think I've ever enjoyed a photo session before, Brennan. Thanks for making it so lively." -- Julie Lasky, former EIC of I.D. Magazine and DE of The New York Times Home section
"OMG how exciting...Thank you for best photo shoot ever."-- Liza Featherstone, Journalist and Writer
"You are very easy to work with." -- Robert Pollard, Guided By Voices
"My favorite photographer!" -- Elaine Kaufman, Elaine's Restaurant
"What wonderful pictures! I cannot believe how lucky I am to have these. Thank you so much..." -- John Adams, Former President, Natural Resources Defense Council
"Brennan precedes his camera..." -- Théodros T., Politcal Activist and Artist
"Brennan's pictures are a cross between Caravaggio and Robert Frank." -- Reverend Billy Talen, Theatrical Political Activist
I've been shooting the action around me since I got my first Kodak Instamatic camera as a child; I'd make pictures of the neighborhood kids, dogs, friends. I grew up in Western Massachusetts, and as a teen, took the high school photo course and joined the yearbook staff, spending many extracurricular afternoons buried in the darkroom. During this period I entered my first contest, The Photographer's Forum Best of College Photography Annual contest and was awarded as a Finalist, encouragingly resulting in the first of my images to be published in a national publication. Bard College accepted me into the undergrad photography program where I studied deeply with Stephen Shore and Ben Lifson. Twice during that tenure I was awarded the grade of Honors, which led to an invitation by Bard's president Leon Botstein to tutor his au pair in a photography. I formed the Bard Photography Club and was granted funds from the college to bring guest lecuturing photographers Nan Goldin and William Christenberry; we also bought collections of educational prints for the department, and organized student exhibitions. I got my Bachelor of the Arts degree and, wanting to shoot professionally, eventually found my way into assisting the professional photographers Mark Seliger, Dan Winters, and Mary Ellen Mark (among others), to learn the daily high-pressure business and art of editorial photography and portraiture. Finally I embarked on my own, opened my own studio and began building my individual approach and voice, client base, and portfolio. I shoot events, documentary stories, and portraits in studio and, my preference, on location. My pictures have been printed in magazines, books, and on record jackets, accompanied multinational ad campaigns, and shown in galleries and private clients' walls. I live, work, and play in New York City. "We are all responsible for the images we leave behind."
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(Photograph by Catherine Talese)