Photo Assistants & Careers

From Assistant to Photographer: Ari Michelson’s Professional Transition

November 26, 2012

By David Walker

© Ari Michelson

Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush photographed by Ari Michelson for an adidas campaign.

Ari Michelson spent a decade assisting top photographers in Los Angeles after he studied photography at Santa Monica College, but thought of himself as a photographer from the start. “I was always shooting from day one—testing, shooting horrible things. I never wanted to be an assistant, but at the same time, I loved it. I loved the people I worked...

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