Angeles-based photographer Alan Mercer is best
known for his portraits and publicity photos
that emphasize the beauty of the subject. Several
well-known actors, musicians, writers, and directors
have used the photographer to capture their
current look at its best.
Alan Mercer actually began his creative career
as an artist. In the early '80s he met Pop Icon
Artist Andy Warhol, who encouraged him to pursue
his dream. "I would do pencil drawings
of different celebrities. I did one of Andy
and he grabbed it from me and wrote his name
on it. He told me to draw more portraits and
have the celebrity autograph it to create a
unique work of art." Alan continued to
do this through the rest of the decade, often
donating signed work to charities for fund raising
While Alan had always taken photographs, he
really began to increase his shooting around
1992. Suddenly people were noticing and commenting
on the photos. It wasn't long until he had set
up his first photographic exhibition in Dallas,
Texas. This showing led to the first jobs of
his blossoming photography career. Photography
became a natural extension of his art.
Alan built up a business in Texas until January
of 2001 when he relocated to Los Angeles, where
there is more work available for what he does
best. It's a natural connection for this artist
and city. "People always told me I had
an LA style to my shooting and now that I have
been here awhile, I see that it's true. Even
though I have been shooting close to ten years
now, I feel that my career is just starting."
I really have no future plans except to keep
earning a living as an artistic photographer.
hich AMERICAN artist inspires
Obviously Warhol is a MAJOR influence as well
as photographers like Avedon, Scavullo, Bruce
Webber, Greg Gorman, and Herb Ritts.
What unlocks your creativity?
Accessibility!!! If I have access to a camera
and a person, my creativity is unlocked.