© Jeffrey Brandsted
Type of Assistant: First Assistant
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Best Skills: Daylight shooting; digital capture and software; light metering; photo archiving/image editing/image delivery; post-production software/retouching; still cameras: 35mm, digital backs, large format and medium format; still lighting: continuous/tungsten/HMI/Lowel/Kino Flo and strobes/flash systems
Has Assisted: Christopher Baker, Ty Cole, Chris Cooper, C. Taylor Crothers, Alex Fradkin, Steve Hall, Mark Mahaney, Scott McDonald, Nick Merrick, Jon Miller, Andrew Moore, Christoph Morlinghaus, Steven Rapp, Peter Ross, Alan Shortall and Brian Ulrich
For portrait and lifestyle photographer Mark Mahaney, Jeffrey Brandsted is less an assistant than a collaborator. “I want overall competence in an assistant, but most important for me is having someone to bounce ideas off of,” explains Mahaney. Brandsted is that and more for Mahaney, who says that he is “someone who has become a good friend.” Born in the Tornado Alley region of the United States, Brandsted got a degree in journalism at the University of Kansas before moving to New York City to study photography at the School of Visual Arts. In his own time, he shoots the cityscapes he encounters while on the road for work. In doing so, he captures a picture of modern-day America as seen through the eyes of someone who notices small details, sweeping lines and subjects whose very presence speaks volumes about a specific place.