Greg Gutbezahl. Photo by Joanne Tan

About the photographer

Greg Gutbezahl has been making pictures since he was a wee boy. Art runs in the family, and photography followed close behind, eventually catching up and capturing his interest. Starting with Instamatics, and eventually being allowed to use his dad’s Pentax K-1000, Greg by age 10 was already filling slide carousels with whatever grabbed his interest. Pencils, pens, and paint brushes also kept him company.

As college rolled around, Greg found himself at New York University’s undergraduate film and television program, and was taking headshots and portraits on the side, as well as candid scenes from a city just waking up from its malaise. After several years working on TV commercials, music videos, and independent films, when a film union strike hit the east coast, Greg found his career turning to another interest—graphic design.

After a decade of design, video, and photography working side-by-side in New York City, Greg moved to London with his wife Elaine, and became creative director at a full-service design agency. Three years later, and a move to Zürich, Switzerland, a country many know as irresistible to a camera, Greg had a slate of clients around Europe and the US, with his firm, the Design Liberation Organisation. Photography became more integrated with his design practice, including brochure work and product photography.

Moving back to the US, and settling in Bloomfield NJ, near NYC, and eight years later moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Greg became more involved in the local music scenes, and began to follow the path photography was taking him more seriously. As the creative director at UP Design in New Jersey, and then running his own firm, Studio 680, in the Bay Area, video and photography are an integral part of his business.

Now living with Elaine in Fort Worth, Texas, he is ready for new adventures. All to be documented, of course.