Ari Marcopoulos who was born in Amsterdam, Holland, is a documentary photographer and filmmaker whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Interview, Paper, Blind Spot, and most major snowboarding magazines such as Transworld Snowboarding and Snowboarder.
Ari Marcopoulos immerses himself completely in the individuals, personalities, visionaries, and scenes he has photographed. He moved to New York City in 1979 where he printed photographs for Andy Warhol. He immediately became involved in the art and music scenes of the time. His rarely published photographs of Jean-Michel Basquiat from this period are perhaps the most intimate photographs ever taken of the artist. A book of this work, Portraits from the Studio and the Street, was released in 1988. At this time Marcopoulos turned his attention to the growing hip-hop scene in New York City, becoming friendly with and photographing popular artists such as Fab 5 Freddy and Run-DMC. His photographs were used for the cover of the Beastie Boys album Ill Communication. In addition, Marcopoulos has directed numerous short films and exhibited his work worldwide. His most recent series, titled Transitions and Exits, was featured in the 2002 Whitney Biennial. He was also a participant in the 2010 Whitney Biennial. Marcopoulos currently lives in Sonoma, California
In 2008, Ari directed a short film titled “Claremont” showcasing Adam Kimmel’s Spring 2009 Suit collection. Take a look here.