Amanda Marsalis is a storyteller - a filmmaker and photographer whose work explores and documents human connections.
Ever since photographing the punk concerts she hosted in her parents’ basement as a teenager she’s explored ways to forge an intimacy between subject and audience. Throughout her celebrated twenty-year career as a photographer shooting everyone from Cate Blanchette to Al Gore, Jason Schwatzman and Gigi Hadid to John Legend, 50 Cent and Kathryn Bigalow, Amanda has always worked to give her subjects – from the rappers she photographed for The Fader to the cheerleaders for Time, the freedom to open up and share themselves - their essence, on camera.
It’s a skill that translated well from stills to cinema as evidenced by her resonate first feature film Echo Park. Critically acclaimed and picked up by Ava DuVernay’s company Array for distribution, Echo Park, starring Mamie Gummer which had its theatrical release in April 2016. Amanda followed up Echo Park by directing two episodes of Queen Sugar for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network.
Amanda continues to push her photography to new places, literally traveling over 150,000 miles last year, shooting everywhere from Japan to South Africa and then decided, just for fun and to celebrate something a little closer to home, to publish a book on Chez Panisse – the legendary farm to table restaurant founded by Alice Waters. All proceeds of Amanda’s book go to Waters’ Edible School Yard Project.
She also continues to work in editorial and advertising, collaborating with celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara on branded content and shooting for companies including Apple, eBay, AT&T and Marriott among others.
Editorial - Another Magazine, Brides, Bust, Chicago Tribune Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, Condé Nast Traveller UK, Dazed & Confused, Departures, Dwell, Elle Decor, Endless Vacation, The Fader, Food & Wine, Fortune, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Gourmet, GQ, Guardian UK Weekend Magazine, Hemispheres, House Beautiful, InStyle, Interview, Islands, Lucky, Marie Claire, Men's Journal, Monocle, Mother Jones, Newsweek, New York, New York Times Magazine, Outside, People, Port, Teen Vogue, Telegraph, Time, Time Out New York, Travel & Leisure, US News & World Report, Vice, Vogue, W, The Wall St Journal, Wired
Advertising - Adidias, Adobe, Alaway, Áman Resorts, American Express, Apple, AT&T, Avery, Bardessono, Bayer, Boost Mobile, Cambria Hotels, Cedars-Sinai, Charles Schwab, Chez Panisse, Choice Hotels, Citibank, Clos du Bois, Converse, Coppertone, Discover Card, Dockers, DoubleTree, eBay, Element Skateboards, FedEx, Four Seasons, Gold Peak, Hewlett-Packard, Humira, Johnsonville, Kashi Cereals, Keen Footwear, Kotex, Land Rover, L'Oéral, Marriott, Micorsoft, Mondavi, Nike, Nikon, Norwegian Cruise Line, O'Neill, Pac Sun, Palm, Persol, Pfizer, Princess Cruise, Ragu, Roxy, Saturn, Sheraton, Sony, Starwood, Tiffany, Timberland, TD Ameritrade, Urban Outfitters, Visa, Walmart, Wolfgang Puck, Yoplait