Artist Statement
Isaac Stackell

Images have almost always been a revelation. Wherever I am they flash into my brain. The hairs on the back of my neck stand up. It’s been that way since I was a kid, one eye closed – being the camera before I ever owned one.

Other times, a concept or an idea is the revelation. Props are gathered, models enlisted, lighting is arranged, tests are shot – all in the process of realizing a vision. Some images have been made with film, others with digital cameras.

Either way, over the years I have developed themes that convey an appreciation of the beauty of an instant in time, visual puns and a self-deprecating sense of humor, with a native New Yorker’s edginess.


Isaac Stackell was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1953. From the age of ten, he would close one eye and pretend to be a camera. He was introduced to Photography as an art and discipline in high school. While attending SUNY at Plattsburgh, New York, he combined writing and photography for local publications, and theater and photography for the Theater Department. When not performing onstage, he photographed scenes and actors. He has had no formal schooling in Photography – no degrees.

From the bottom up in the workforce of Advertising Photography, he learned large format black and white film development, color correction, job coordination, styling, and customer service. 8x10 film cameras were the main tools, retouching done by hand on the film. He photographed house wares, jewelry, books, models, executives, and home appliances. Isaac emerged from this crucible fourteen years later to open his own studio.

Isaac and a partner started Horizon Photographics in a raw space in what is now Dumbo, and then moved it to the Union Square area. By the time he folded Horizon, he’d been using Photoshop and Quark Xpress, and the Phase One digital camera back. His work has appeared in dozens of catalogs, textbooks and greeting cards.

For the past 20 years, Isaac has had freelance assignments, as a photographer, Photoshop, and lighting instructor – teaching young office workers basic photo and lighting skills. Isaac is currently Photographer and Studio Manager at B&H Photo in Manhattan, and resides in Northern New Jersey. He enjoys bicycling, and his sizeable music collection.


October 2014: Ridgewood Public Library: Solo Exhibit: Into the Mist

October 2012: Ringwood Fine Arts Galley, Juried Exhibit, Second Prize

April-June 2011: ZGM Fine Arts, Buffalo, NY

January 2010: Climate/gallery Queens, NY: Focal Resolution_1,
Juried Exhibit, earned One of Ten Featured Artists

October/November 2009:
Agora Gallery 530 West 25 St NYC: Altered States of Reality,
group show

April 2009: SMP Digital Graphics West 20 St NYC: Alternate Visions, one man,
35-year Retrospective


Isaac Stackell

(973) 985-8379

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Objective: To bring thirty-five years of photographic, managerial, teaching, writing, and creative skills to those who recognize talent,
ambition, and dedication.

Work Experience

Freelance Photography, Instructor of Lighting Techniques and
Photo retouching in Photoshop -- Ongoing

  • Lighting Consultant, various e-commerce companies -- Ongoing

  • Setup of equipment and instruction in lighting product, and portraits using strobe, and quartz lighting and various digital cameras

  • Tutoring in Photoshop -- Layers, Levels, Masking, Image Size, Filters, in Mac and Windows environments. Wedding and Event Photographer, Freelance Photography, Photo Consultant, Photographer
    Pearson Education Catalog Project

  • Photographed students age four through twelve on location, in arranged situations.

B&H Photo-Video, 440 Ninth Avenue, NYC 2012- Present

  • Photograph photo, video, audio accessories for The Gradus Group for packaging, manuals, catalogs, web site, posters

  • Extensive work in Photoshop preparing images

  • Maintainence of library of thousands of images

Web Site Image and Data Entry Manager
B&H Photo-Video, 420 Ninth Avenue, NYC 1995 – 2012

  • Manage image and data entry teams, maintain and update web site merchandise information – over 200,000 items

  • Edit product photos with Photoshop, and product information for Web Entry

  • Converse with international customers in hectic retail store and trade show environments

  • Handle heavy volume telephone sales and customer E Mail technical support for all formats digital and film cameras, lighting, computer equipment

  • Operate computer terminal programmed with large database of photographic, and imaging equipment and supplies

Co Owner, Photographer, Studio Manager, Representative
Horizon Photographics, Inc., 23 East 17, NYC 1987 - 1995

  • Product Photographer: Jewelry, giftware, pharmaceuticals, clothing, appliances, sports equipment, food – in-studio, on location

  • Model Photographer: Executives, Actors, Children - individually, in groups, and situations for ads, catalogs, publicity and portraits in studio, on location

  • Art Photographer: Paintings, Sculpture, Jewelry –
    in studio, installations, on location

  • Edited photos for presentations

  • Created promotion concepts, designs and Mailing Lists (QuarkXpress)

  • Retouched photographs in Photoshop

  • Processed black & white film, and prints

  • Presented portfolio with and without appointments

  • Built sets, was stylist, equipment and studio caretaker

  • Solicited by telephone

  • Responsible for invoicing and bookkeeping

  • Model caster, merchandise coordinator, purchaser and renter of props

  • Clients: Putnam Berkeley, Prentice-Hall Regents, Scholastic Books, Maclanahan Publishing, Fairchild Publications, JC Penney, Timberland, Bradlees, Remington, Avis, Chemical Bank, Block Drug...

Studio Manager, Staff Photographer
Coghlan & Company, 6 East 39 Street, NYC

  • Product Photographer for catalogs, advertisements –
    in-studio, on location Photo Editor

  • Supervisor of daily operations, schedule coordinator of high volume studio

  • Client liaison

  • Trainer and supervisor of staff

  • Darkroom and pre-press technician

    Clients: JC Penney, Bulova, Remington, Scholastic Books

Related Experience

  • Volunteer: Community Theater, Montclair NJ – Photography, Lighting, Acting

  • Judge: Photo Exhibit, Pictorial Photographers of America, NYC

  • Judge: Monthly competition, Park West Camera Club, NYC

  • Instructor/Lecturer: Students of High School, Graphic Arts Communication, NYC

  • Volunteer: Guided 30 students’ photo projects related to advertising

  • Volunteer: Class portrait for fifth grade students at P.S. 185, Brooklyn


  • BA in English, Minor in Photography, SUNY