Joseph Seif is a California-based photographer and filmmaker.
He began to develop an interest in both still and moving images at a very young age, when his grandfather taught him how to operate a Super 8 projector that was brought out at family gatherings. A classically trained pianist, his interest in lighting and composition quickly became his primary focus after he was gifted a Canon 35mm SLR.
He has since filmed and lensed key campaigns for companies such as LinkedIn, Reebok, Salesforce, and Cisco. His work has appeared in Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Forbes, and many others, having photographed the likes of Sir Richard Branson, Hillary Clinton, Sean Penn, and Condoleezza Rice. In addition, Joseph is known for his ongoing underwater series. An avid SCUBA diver, he has long been fascinated with the behavior of light beneath the surface and the mechanics of the submerged human form. He began photographing and filming dancers underwater in 2011, and his body of work has since grown to include athletes, actors, and a professional mermaid.
Joseph has an M.A. in Arts Administration with an emphasis on Media Production, and bachelor degrees in Communication and Advertising Photography from the University of Akron. In 2014, he continued his classical and VFX cinematography training at the Global Cinematography Institute in Los Angeles with legendary directors of photography Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC and Yuri Neyman, ASC. He works in both San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Name: Joseph Seif
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Company: Joseph Seif Visuals LLC
Occupation: Director of Photography
Unique traits: Courteous, hard working, artistic, easy going, fluent in French, underwater shooter, background in classical piano and shoegaze guitar.
University of Akron (Akron, OH)