The Restless Artist: ARC Presents Timothy Saccenti

Posted in Photography, Video by Nathan Lee Bush on August 25, 2011

Some of the best photographers and filmmakers in the world walk through our doors every day. ARC Presents is our series highlighting their work.

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The current wisdom among self-appointed photo industry “experts,” the advisors and consultants that populate portfolio reviews, is to make your portfolio “predictable.” Your potential client, so the thinking goes, needs to know exactly what they can expect when they hire you, so your work should represent a consistent, homogenous vision. This has resulted in a lot of boring, repetitious portfolios. Sure, you can gauge exactly what you’re going to get, but what fun is that? All the greatest artists in history regularly pushed themselves out of their comfort zones and into new creative territory. Kubrick worked many styles in 22 different genres, and that was just during his second career as a film director, after many years as a photographer!

Which is what makes Timothy Saccenti’s giddily diverse portfolio so refreshing. If there’s one thing you can be guaranteed when booking Saccenti, is that there are no guarantees. In both his still work and videos, he approaches each project like a blank slate, and with a fervor for experimentation, seemingly drawing on no specific tradition. Black-and-white and color, studio and location, strobes and natural light, stills and video, smoke and…lasers? Saccenti is a restless artist, vacillating in and out of aesthetics, never satisfied to settle down into one ‘saleable’ style, and that, in this age of focus-group marketing safety, is refreshing.


Nathan Lee Bush is a fashion and fine art photographer and filmmaker in New York City. His work is on his site and blog.

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  1. […] gives many market leading APS-C DSLRs a run for their money; I highlight the work of ARC customer Timothy Saccenti, who reinvents his aesthetic with each job, as an antidote to the predictable and boring portfolios […]

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