New York-based Vincent Laforet is one of the most unique and interpretive photographers working today. Previously recognized for his striking aerial shots, he’s recently become a master of an ingenious new technique: using tilt-shift lenses. Tilt-shift lenses produce a very narrow plain of focus, reducing the world to the appearance of a scale model. The result is extraordinary. From his own immaculately-conceived perspective, Laforet transforms at once the most unlikely, familiar and indeed historic vistas and moments into intricately-detailed and surreal dioramas that appear impossible to rationalize. Has a model-maker risen to such heights as this? Endlessly fascinating to behold, Laforet’s work transports life into one giant, magical, plasticized drama.
At the age of 32, Vincent’s work has been published in most major publications around the world and he has been sent on assignment by Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, and Life Magazine. In 2006, Laforet modified his staff position at The New York Times to become The Times' first national contract photographer. His photographs have been exhibited at the International Center of Photography in New York City, and Visa Pour L'Image in Perpignan.
Vincent was recognized as one of the "100 Most Influential People in Photography" by American Photo Magazine in 2005 and was named one of the "30 photographers to watch under 30" by PDN in 2002. He and four other photographers were awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography for their post-9/11 coverage overseas in 2002. His work has been recognized in the Commication Arts Annual, PDN Annual, The World Press Photo Awards, The Pictures of the Year Competition, The Overseas Press Club, The National Headliners Awards, The Pro-Football Hall of Fame. Vincent is a Canon Explorer of Light and Canon Printmaster and serves as consultant to companies such as Apple, Bogen, Lexar, and X-Rite.
Vincent has been invited as a keynote speaker by a variety of organizations and universities from around the world. He serves as an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Vincent is represented by the Stockland Martel Agency. He resides in Manhattan with his wife, Amber, and son, Noah.