Kendrick Brinson and David Walter Banks, known professionally as Brinson+Banks, are a commercial photography team whose appealing style of imagery is organic in feel and buoyant in spirit. “Stylistically, we gravitate toward the same type of poppy color, light, and composition,” David explains. “My obsessively precise nature is balanced by Kendrick’s strength in spontaneity and moment-driven photography.”
Both Southerners by birth, Kendrick and David met in a photojournalism class at the University of Georgia. They each went on to successfully establish themselves as editorial photographers for magazines like Time and Sports Illustrated and, in the process, began dating. In 2012, they got married, and soon after they decided to double their strengths as image makers by officially becoming a photo duo and relocating to Los Angeles.
“We are complete equals, which for us means twice the energy, ideas, and creativity on set and during preproduction,” notes Kendrick. Add David, “If we are on a lifestyle shoot, we are often shooting from two different angles. When only one of us is able to shoot—for instance, in a tethered studio situation—the other is normally either directing or helping map out the next shot. At a shoot for Garnier and PKT, we were shooting at a studio in New York, and Kendrick was shooting a still life while I shot portraits of the model, and then we reversed roles for the next setup. For the same client, we had to split up one day, one of us handling a shoot at one location and the other a scout day at the next locations in two different states.
“And on more than one occasion,” he continues, “I’ve served as a makeshift ladder as Kendrick shot atop my shoulders.”
Kendrick and David are big fans of social media, and in turn social media has brought Brinson+Banks many fans of their own. CNN, The Huffington Post, The Today Show, The Daily Mail, and many other media outlets have featured their ongoing Instagram series #BrinsonBanksing, in which the couple posts self-portraits re-creating a signature joyful pose of them kissing in various locations around the world. Now other people are taking their own #BrinsonBanksing photos using the same pose and hashtag. “A search of the tag on Instagram shows people #BrinsonBanksing in countries like Brazil, Ireland, and Costa Rica,” reports CNN.
Brinson+Banks’ images have appeared in exhibitions in Houston, New York, Atlanta, and the Netherlands and are in the permanent collection of the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection at the New York Public Library, and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.
photo: Michael Rubenstein