Jean Lannen studied at Detroit's Center For Creative Studies, and received a BFA in photography. During those precious years she fell in love with the darkroom, b&w street photography, portraiture, abandoned buildings, and music. (concerts, passes, the first U2 tour and Todd Rundgren concerts.)
Jean's style is a unique blend of: "Reportage", utilizing her keen sense of observation, "Photojournalism", with a talent to tell the story, "Commercial Advertising", including the ability to direct a subject and convey a message, and finally "Fine Art", with an awareness of light, composition, color, and design.
Her photography has attracted recognition and awards from: The Photo District News, COLOR Magazine, Communication Arts, American Photography, The Photographers Forum, The Noetic Sciences and The National Addy Awards. She's been on the campaign trail with Presidential Candidate - General Wesley Clark, Democrat Ellen Tauscher, as well as other numerous senators and congressional people. She created a library of images, both on location and in studio, for a YWCA national campaign. Other clients include: The Ford Motor Company, GMC, The Ronald McDonald Corp, The United Way, The Red Cross, Comerica Bank, Warner Bros. and VenRock.
Jean's work is featured on (8) Todd Rundgren albums and she recently sold a library of images to him for PR. Two of her fine art images are included in Johnson & Johnson's Corporate Art Collection, and Torani Syrups (they're in every coffee cafe) commissioned her to create (5) chapter openers for their "speciality" coffee recipe book.
Her Art Photography and mixed media have been exhibited in various shows and galleries. Much of her art is based on nostalgia and contains images of lost artifacts, symbolic trinkets and found objects. She has a largce collection of old dolls and toys, and often shoots them using a technique called "selective focus". Jean's recent project involved creating (50) images in (50) days. Using "selective focus" within the camera, she created a large body of work dripping with vivid color called: EYE CANDY: Trinkets, Liquids, Baubles and Balls.
Jean specializes in "conceptual images", "selective focus" and in portraiture. Her "B/W Party Portraits", shot on professional B&W Instant Film, are popular for events and private parties. Many of her images continue to sell around the world thru her stock agency: GETTY IMAGES. She recently moved from Pacifica, just south of San Francisco, Calilfornia - to Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where she is enjoying being around her family and the newness of it all without the F-O-G.
View and purchase her art photographs and original "altered photographs" at her ETSY Shop - The Other Jeanie.
MENTORS and INFLUENCES:
Walt Disney • Chuck Jones (animator) • Walter Farynk • Film Noir • Henri' Cartier Bresson • Irving Penn • Richard Avedon • Diane Arbus • Guy Bordain • Robert Frank • Deborah Turbeville • Sarah Moon • Todd Rundgren • Andy Warhol • U2 • Echo and the Bunnymen • Tim Burton • Johnny Depp • Matt Mahurin • Anton Corbin • Neil Gaiman • Dave McKean • Henry Selick • Steve Jobs • Pixar • Industrial Light & Magic
"I love the unexpected and being surprised by new ways of thinking and perceiving.
Being prepared and then letting go - to be in the moment, is where I love to BE"
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