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Boone Speed

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Home Base / Salt Lake City, UT, USA

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Born and raised in Utah, the photographer and climber Boone Speed was always encouraged to be creative by his father Grant Speed, an artist renowned for his sculptures of the American West. “I was never told I had to be a doctor or lawyer,” says Boone. “So I studied graphic design and photography.” A few years before leaving for college in 1987, Boone got into rock climbing. “The group that I was climbing with included Conrad Anker, and people like that and we sort of put Utah climbing on the map in the late 1980s,” he says. In 1991, he took a job in the marketing department at Black Diamond. Throughout the 90s, Boone worked as an athlete, photo editor, and both graphic designer and product designer for Black Diamond. In 1996, he left BD to design shoes for Fila. In 2000, he left Fila to go out on his own, helping found Pusher, a company that manufactured training equipment for climbers. “We had to make all of our own imagery, so I started taking photography more seriously,” he says. “It started my photography career.” Commercial and editorial shoots for outlets such as Nike, The North Face, Adidas, and ESPN, followed. Boone has a recognizable style—his images blend art and aesthetics with an edgy athletic vibe.

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Liam Doran’s one line descriptor on instagram is blunt. “No A.I. photos,” it reads. “Every image here actually happened in one place at one time.” That could be a mission statement for Doran. He got into photography by tucking a point and shoot film camera in his pocket while adventuring around Colorado with friends. Later, he pursued professional photography because the thought of a desk job terrified him. Now an established still shooter with a long list of commercial and editorial clients, those early days documenting outings with friends still inform Doran’s approach. “Even before A.I. was crashing into photography, I was after the genuine,” says Doran. “I don’t create composite images. I don’t put in fake skies. Instead of making some hyper surreal scene, I’m interested in the story.”

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