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World Cup - SAOI

Sony US Artisans of Imagery David McLain and Brian Smith will be producing a visual showcase including stills and motion, in Brazil during the FIFA World Cup.  Each will be capturing the people, excitement and the spirit surrounding one particular game:  The US vs Ghana.   

Brian Smith, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, will focus on Being in the Moment whist long time National Geographic photographer David McLain will be working to capture additional footage for his documentary Bounce: How the ball taught the world to play.

Both David and Brian will use the α7S to shoot this project. 

Shoot dates: June 15 - 21
US vs. Ghana Match date: June 16

Expect blog posts, images and film clips to show the culmination of this work in early July.

About the photographers: 

Brian SmithBrian Smith  
For the past 30 years, Brian Smith’s iconic portraits of famous celebrities, athletes and executives have been used in advertising, by corporations and have graced the covers and pages of hundreds of magazines including Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, Time, Forbes, New York Times Magazine, Elle and British GQ.

His last project shot on the α7R, was in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, which lies a mere 700 miles off the coast of Florida, yet remains a world away as time seems to spin in different direction than the rest of the Western Hemisphere. Brian first travelled to Haiti in his twenties for the Miami Herald to document the fall of the Duvalier government. Returning a dozen times over the next five years, Brian always felt an affinity for the Haitian people who never seem to catch a break from the universe. Last fall he was given a chance to revisit his roots as a photojournalist when he returned to Haiti to capture images of life in Port-au-Prince using. He captured the enduring spirit of the Haitian people and the beauty that exists throughout the chaos.  You can see more of this project here.

Brian Smith

Brian Smith

David McLainDavid McLain

For years David regularly shot feature length assignments around the world for National Geographic Magazine. His job was to work with every kind of person under any kind of condition and create timeless images for a client with the highest visual standards on earth. This experience informs my commercial work which revolves around bringing brands to life in ways people recognize as authentic and real. 

More recently David has become passionate about the shifting media landscape and new possibilities for visual communication. To embrace these changes, he co-founded Merge, a boutique company dedicated to telling brand stories through still photographs and moving images that unfold seamlessly across an array of media.  From print to web to television and back.  His latest venture is Bounce, the feature length documentary which this World Cup project will form a part of.   


David McLain