Levine/Leavitt is proud to announce the addition of two talented ADC Young Guns 12 winners to the Artists in Residence roster in its inaugural year. The Artists in Residence program grants Young Guns winners the chance to be represented fully in their creative journeys by Levine/Leavitt, while being guided by a board of advisors working in their respective fields. The board, which includes Menno Kluin of Deutsch, Dave Bett of Columbia/Sony Records, Rob Baird of Preacher, Cliff Lewis of Droga5, and photographer Danny Clinch, will provide highly-personal feedback and mentorship as the Young Guns prepare to take on new creative endeavors post-award- an invaluable asset in today’s industry.
Please join us in welcoming Katie Orlinsky, a photographer living and working in New York City. Katie is an avid adventurer and lived in Mexico following graduation, where she got her start as a photographer. Her goal has been to raise awareness on social issues, which has led her all over the world photographing numerous assignments and personal projects. She regularly works for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, and a variety of international magazines and non-profit organizations.Please join us in welcoming Katie Orlinsky, a photographer living and working in New York City. Katie is an avid adventurer and lived in Mexico following graduation, where she got her start as a photographer. Her goal has been to raise awareness on social issues, which has led her all over the world photographing numerous assignments and personal projects. She regularly works for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, and a variety of international magazines and non-profit organizations.
In April 2013 Katie was selected as one of the PDN 30’s “New and Emerging Photographers to Watch,” and over the past four years she has won numerous awards such as the Alexia Foundation First Place Student Grant in 2012, the POYI Emerging Vision Incentive Award in 2011, the 2010 Prix Ani-PixPalace Grant and the 2009 Visa Pour L’image Coup de Couer (Judge’s choice award).
What excites you most about being a Young Gun? What’s the biggest advantage of being young and fresh in the business?
Being a young gun opens up a whole other part of the industry to me, it’s really exciting! I’m on the young side but I’ve actually been a working photographer for almost a decade, starting at tiny little newspapers, it’s the only job I’ve ever had. So it’s really exciting to now get to experience a whole different side of it all and take on new challenges, but then also I get to bring along my own past experiences and perspective which will be an advantage.
Who is your dream client?
So many. Right now I’ve been working in Alaska a lot, and I would love to work with Patagonia on a big photographic project there relating to the local lifestyle and climate change.
Any current personal projects?
Two pretty different projects. I’m fascinated and a bit obsessed with dog mushing (dog sled racing) right now. I have started a project documenting the whole culture of it all in addition to the racing in Alaska, it’s really it’s own special world.
I’m also continuing to work in Latin America, which has been the area of my concentration as a photojournalist for years, looking at the Central American child migration crisis in Guatemala, Mexico and the US.
What is your favorite part about living in New York? The best place to get work done in your neighborhood? Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, what’s your favorite animal?
I just photographed polar bears in the Arctic, and they are amazing creatures! But they come in second to my favorite animal in the world, dogs, of course.
My favorite part about New York is definitely riding my bike across the bridges, or along the east river and then eating in Chinatown, I used to live on Market Street and eat duck everyday and go grocery shopping under the Manhattan Bridge, that was the best. Now I live in the East Village, the restaurants are great here too. Too great actually, its distracting so there are really no good places to get work done in my neighborhood!