From Assistant to Photographer: How Jesse Dittmar Launched His Portrait Photography Career

March 9, 2015

By David Walker


Singer Al Green for The Washington Post. Since Dittmar’s career took off last year, he has photographed numerous celebrities, including Tom Hanks, Mike Myers, James Earl Jones, Sting, Lily Tomlin, Idina Menzel and others. 

Photographer Jesse Dittmar’s career took off last year after an assignment to photograph actress and musician Idina Menzel for The Washington Post. Suddenly he was getting calls to shoot celebrities for Rolling Stone, the Village Voice and The Hollywood Reporter, among other magazines. He has since landed advertising jobs, too. What seemed like sudden success, though, was the culmination of...

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