GLEN WEXLER: MANUFACTURED REALITIES: The Art & Process of Conceptual Photo Illustration

© Glen Wexler 2014

4-DAY WORKSHOP (Monday, April 28 – Wednesday, April 30, 9:00am – 4:00pm (plus 2-hour wrap up on Thursday, May 1, 9:00 – 11:00am)

MANUFACTURED REALITIES: The Art & Process of Photo Illustration with GLEN WEXLER

Glen was doing Photoshop before Photoshop. His innovative images straddle the worlds of advertising, rock and roll, and fine art, which has positioned him in the forefront of industry trends for over 30 years.

Wexler’s pictures have taken the viewer deep into make-believe worlds that look real. His signature style of “improbable realities” has earned an international client base and the following of photography collectors.

In this informative workshop attendees will explore an approach to photography that blends unbounded creativity with the most cutting edge technology. Glen encapsulates his approach by stating, “My work relies on the perceived (but waning) credibility inherent in the photographic image. I recombine elements from the real world to create a fantastical vision in which they often react in a surreal or absurd manner. This involves the pre-visualization of the finished image, then breaking down the plan for the final outcome into manageable components to be individually photographed and, finally, digitally seamed together.”

Day 1: A comprehensive overview of Glen’s work and process. You’ll see case studies of how “impossible” looking realities are constructed with explanations of the problem-solving and creative choices. Glen will demystify the alchemy of the photo-illustration process with step-by-step information starting with an original concept, followed by the deconstruction of an ideal and how to end up with a seamless composition. This will be an interactive session allowing for topics such as locations versus studio, practical props and sets versus CGI, why and when certain tools are applicable, as well topics pertaining to the business side and how to apply this process to commissioned works.

Day 2: Adapting the information gained from day one, each attendee is on their own to work on a concept to develop into a unique photo illustration. Shoot new elements in the surrounding desert environment, sketch ideas, and/or re-visit backgrounds and other elements from your photo archives. Glen will be on-hand throughout the day to schedule individual in-depth consultations and to review the attendee’s portfolios and progress.

Day 3: Each attendee will show the group their concept, plan and images (shot or reference) for a unique photo illustration. The concept can be at any stage of development. In this intensive problem-solving session, as a group we’ll discuss the pro and cons of each approach and how to successfully bring the “manufactured reality” to fruition.

Day 4 morning session: Projection of attendee’s final or in-progress photo-illustrations with Glen’s suggestions and input for completion / perfection.

Monday, April 28 – Wednesday, April 30, 9:00am – 4:00pm Thursday, May 1, 9:00am – 11:00am
Price: $950


At 22 years old and still a student at Art Center College of Design, Glen Wexler was commissioned to photograph his first album cover for Quincy Jones Productions. With a multi-platinum project behind him he didn’t look back and quickly gained a reputation for his imaginative and elaborate photo-illustrations for Michael Jackson, Van Halen, Rush, Black Sabbath, Yes, ZZ Top and many others. Glen’s images soon began to attract top advertising clients including Acura, Sony, Jeep, Toyota, Maxell, Adobe, Warner Brothers Pictures and hundreds of others. Editorial works include feature photo-illustrations for TIME magazine.

Glen also created iconic photographic logos for The Star Wars Trilogy, Batman Forever, Universal Pictures and Geffen Records.

Wexler was among the original artists to adopt digital imaging technology as a tool in the creative process. Credited as a worldwide leader in the field, he has been invited to speak at the Seybold Conferences, PhotoPlus Expos, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and at colleges across the United States.

Awards and recognition for Glen’s images have been received from Communication Arts, Graphis, Photo District News, Andy Awards, Beldings, Icon Awards, International Photography Awards, NPPA, Key Art Awards, and Lüzer’s Archive’s 200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide.

Glen has been profiled in many publications including Communication Arts, French PHOTO, Creativity, ZOOM, The Los Angeles Times, Apple’s Pro Stories Series, and Adobe Photoshop Innovator’s Spotlight. “More than the pioneer of digital photography, you are considered its leader. You have influenced a lot of young photographers, so it seems like you lead a true movement, a true shift in art.” French PHOTO

An amazing talent with a signature style of ‘improbable realities,’ Glen Wexler puts the pro in professional photography. Wexler creates scenes that make you look twice, and then look again.”
Adobe Innovator’s Spotlight,

“Wexler earned his chops as one of the most inventive photographer-artists of his day.”
Apple Pro Profiles, .

“Wexler has assembled some of the most memorable advertising campaigns and imagery for musicians in the past 20 years.” Photo District News

“For Wexler, it’s all part of making the image come to life. True to his original goal, he’s created his own form of fine art.” Communication Arts

“Wexler’s pictorial constancy as a risk taker and his deftness as a problem solver are the characteristics that distinguish his work and make his images both meaningful and memorable.”
Tim Wride Curator of Photography, Los Angeles County Museum of Art