Estevan Oriol is an internationally celebrated professional photographer, director, and entrepreneur. Beginning his career as a club bouncer turned tour manager for popular Los Angeles-based rap groups Cypress Hill and House of Pain, Oriol developed his passion for photography while traveling the world. With an influential nudge and old camera from his father, photographer Eriberto Oriol, he began documenting life on the road and established a name for himself amid the emerging hip-hop scene. Twenty years later, Oriol is world renowned for his signature portraits of famous athletes, artists, and musicians, as well as Latino, urban, gang, tattoo, and counterculture lifestyles. The ring-clad “L.A. Fingers” photo he took in 1995 that was once rejected by magazines for being too “gang affiliated” pervades as an archetypal Los Angeles image.
BEYOND THE STREETS Los Angeles, 2018. Photo by Brent Broza.