Alternative Press Magazine
The Academy Is
As Cities Burn
Alternative Press has relied on photographer Taylor Gahm as a contributing photographer since January of 2007. Gahm’s diverse portfolio features everything from corporate promotional materials to feature spreads for entertainment-industry publications.
Alternative Press Magazine is the third-leading entertainment magazine in the US. During the tenure of his relationship with Alternative Press, Taylor has photographed compelling editorials featuring Aaron Gilespie, As Cities Burn, Torche and The Academy Is.
Publisher Norman Wonderly says Taylor’s images stood out from his peers from the start. Norman had seen samples of Taylor’s work blending photography with digital animation, and remarked that while many photographers were experimenting with digital applications, Taylor’s work hinted at a broader creative concept:
“Taylor does something a little more than what everyone else is doing; he goes the extra mile,” Wonderly says. “He doesn’t just take a picture, he tells a story, and that – to me – is compelling.”
Wonderly says that in an industry where many photographers will stop at taking a posed picture in front of a backdrop, Taylor goes further. He recounted a photoshoot during which Taylor incorporated a car speeding down a highway, and another recent one involving piñatas. “Everyone can take a good photo, but everyone doesn’t do that extra thing… A concept, an idea that makes people stop at that image. He also has really pretty lighting,” Wonderly adds.
Working with Pop Culture Media and Taylor Gahm is easy, as Wonderly points out:
“Taylor is great with deadlines, and in an industry where dealing with photographers is not always easy, with Taylor it always is,” Wonderly says. “The point is, you know you’re going to get a great shot. He never disappoints.”