Estevan Oriol is a Mexican American photographer and director based, born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Oriol pulls inspiration from the city and reflects its sensibilities in his work. Southern California juxtaposes the glitzy and the gritty more than anyplace on Earth and those extremes are visible both in Oriol’s choice of subject and execution. Whether he’s photographing gang life, a fashion model, or Dr. Dre, there is a voice in his work that is distinctly LA bred.
Oriol started his career in as a bouncer at hip-hop clubs before moving on to tour manage Cypress Hill and House of Pain. During that time he began documenting his life on the road. His reputation allowed him to photograph gang members and celebrities alike. His work has been featured in magazines such as Complex, FHM, GQ, Vibe, Rolling Stone, The Source and many more.
He has also photographed many celebrities including Eminem, Kim Kardashian, Cypress Hill, Dennis Hopper, Blink 182, Forest Whitaker, Adrien Brody, Xzibit, 50 Cent, Danny Trejo and more. He is also known for directing several music videos as well as for his partnership with Mister Cartoon for Joker Brand Clothing.
He has also released various books and calendars, including the 2009 LA Woman that captures the beauty and danger of the subject in a lush hardbound edition a decade in the making.
Oriol has gone on to direct music videos for numerous rock and hip-hop artists such as Eminem, Cypress Hill, Blink 182 and others.
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