Stephen Blahut is a Los Angeles based director of photography. His works have appeared at festivals nationally and internationally. His latest series of projects include music videos for American rock band Eels, New York independent electronic artist Brothertiger, and Japanese musician GRMLN.
As a cinematographer Stephen is a gifted collaborator possessing a natural ability to bring out the best in others. Thoughtful and patient he instills confidence in those around. Believing that story comes first he approaches each project as opportunity to bring a distinctive visual style to the project while realizing the director’s conception.
Stephen’s career first began in 2010 when he documented a race, The Mongol Rally, following a group of racers from London, England to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. As a result of that footage Stephen was a rewarded a full scholarship to attend Ohio University’s School of Film’s graduate program where he shot over fifteen narrative and documentary projects for his peers. Following his graduation in 2015 Stephen moved to N.Y.C. where he continued to develop his skills working as an AC and cameraman for organizations like Jaguar, Panasonic and Citibank. In the summer of 2016 Stephen completed principal photography on his first feature narrative, The Turn Out,” directed by Pearl Gluck. The film about sex trafficking in Midwestern truckstops had it’s premiere in Spring of 2018. Stephen also continues to shoot in the documentary realm having most recently created a short film about the Los Angeles River. The project was picked up by L.A. based production company Beta Petrol.
In addition to his cinematic work Stephen expands his visual craft through the art of photography. His latest project was collaborating with the Australian electronic trio Pnau to create cover art for the band’s single “Changa”. The group also featured Stephen’s images on the posters for their upcoming world tour. Though capable in a studio setting Stephen prefers shooting in urban environments. This need to be in the street has led Stephen to create extensive works in New York, Saint Petersburg, Moscow, and the Los Angeles. His images have been selected by the Smithsonian Institute’s Magazine and Stephen was a finalist for the Best in Russia photography competition in 2017. Please follow his instagram at Stephenblahut where he has amassed over 10,000 followers.