INSTITUTE represents creative artists, and operates out of Los Angeles (USA) and Bath (UK).
Unlike traditional photo agencies, INSTITUTE's mandate is to assist and manage its artist's efforts in all areas of creative production. Current projects include documentary films, commercial advertisement (print and video), book publishing, multimedia projects, museum exhibitions, resale of photo essays and editorial assignments. Clients include TIME, Newsweek, LEVI'S/BBH Singapore (Bartle Bogle Hegarty), JDK Design/Merrell, Chiat Day/Gatorade, Clarins, Chronicle Books, Human Rights Watch, The New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Sunday Times Magazine, Amica, Guardian Magazine, and GEO (magazine). In four years of operations, the company has already secured in excess of over 150 cover stories (magazines) and 30,000 pages published.
In August 2010, the British Journal of Photography named INSTITUTE one of "Four of the world's premier photo agencies...", alongside such standard bearers as Magnum Photos.
In its first year of operation (2010), INSTITUTE artists received more PDN Annual 2010 awards than any other photo agency. In a similar sweep, works by five of its artists were also selected for reproduction in the prestigious American Photography 26 book. Prominent cover stories in 2010 include "YEMEN" by Simon Norfolk for the New York Times Magazine, and "Afghan Women" for TIME Magazine by Jodi Bieber.
In February 2011, INSTITUTE artist, Jodi Bieber, received the highest honor in photojournalism, Picture of the Year from the World Press Photo.In 2011, Richard Mosse also received the Guggenheim Fellowship.
In January 2012, photographer/filmmaker Lauren Greenfield was awarded the Sundance Film Festival Best Director Award, US Documentary 2012, one of the highest honors in documentary filmmaking, for her work on her feature documentary film, The Queen of Versailles. Also, in 2012, INSTITUTE artists received more awards than any other photo agency at the World Press Photo Awards (with 5 winners in 5 categories), the World Photography Sony Awards (5 Finalists and 2 Grand Winners), and American Photography 28 (8 Artists Selected and Chosen).
Head Office: Venice, California 90291, USA
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