Lara Solomon is an internationally recognized Los Angeles-based photographer, published by Men’s Fitness, Modern Luxury and The Smithsonian. Born in a youth hostel, she has emerged onto the visual plateau mentored by her industry heros, such as Joyce Tenneson, James Hickey and James Porto. She has worked and exhibited in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Solomon also has a growing humanitarian profile. She has worked with Sustainable Harvest International in Central America. Her work with SHI is not surprising given her culturally diverse and extremely open household. Growing up as an adventure seeker before she could walk, as she played in the streets of Philadelphia and in the backwoods of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. She has trekked the globe working on a variety of projects such as researching monkeys with a National Geographic sponsored Primatologist, wine-making on a historical Tuscan villa, and documenting the solar eclipse at the Temple of Apollo in Turkey. A graduate of Appalachian State University’s department of Anthropology, her trademark straight-shooter approach is most authentic. “I don’t feel like I capture anything in particular but rather a moment, and that is what is real to me,” she says.

BIO: Robert “Rob” Redding Jr.

PHOTO: James Hickey