More than likely, you are familiar with some of Chrystofer Benson’s work. His incredible collections have won him multiple NAHAs and the title of Artistic Director for Matrix. However, all of that immense talent is coupled with sincere humility and the drive to give back. Partnering with award winning photographer Joseph Cartright, the two created and lead Visionary Icon, a 2 day photo shoot workshop walking eager stylists through the ropes of doing their own editorial collection. Held in a New York City loft studio that Chrystofer and Joseph regularly use to create photo shoots for Matrix and NAHA, the class covered the entire creative process from concept to photo retouching and even getting published.
Visionary Icon is offered twice a year, and provides it’s participants the chance to get hands-on mentoring in creating hairstyles for the camera and working with top makeup artists, fashion stylists, and models. Chrystofer and his team guided the attendees through organizing and setting up a successful shoot, and then the class culminated in an actual photo shoot, where the entire group created a new collection. It’s such an amazing thing to see some of the industry’s best making time to help others find the tools they need to become the next generation of top tier artists. In an industry that relies so heavily on visuals, learning how to showcase your creativity and talent in this medium is invaluable.
We are beyond thrilled to promote Chrystofer's efforts as well as the awesome work that was born out of Visionary Icon. The concept developed by the attendees of this most recent class was Contrast, and as you can see below, the images are GORGEOUS.
Hair: Danielle Keasling and Ashley Stewart Scott, Art Director: Chrystofer Benson, Photographer: Joseph Cartright, MUA: Danielle Donahue
Hair: Ginny Ozelton and Robert Santana, Art Director: Chrystofer Benson, Photographer: Joseph Cartright, MUA: Danielle Donahue
Hair: Sarah Macintosh, Patricia Rodriguez and Timmy Willy, Art Director: Chrystofer Benson, Photographer: Joseph Cartright, MUA: Danielle Donahue
If you are interested in learning more about the class, New York session stylist Katelyn McGinn was kind enough to stop by during the photo shoot and did a fantastic job reporting behind the scenes at Visionary Icon including some conversations with Chrystofer, Joseph, and a few of the students. You can find information on the Visionary Icon website as well.