Award-winning photographer Larry Coleman returned to his native Cleveland for 7 years after 25 years in Los Angeles, CA.  Larry recently moved south and now makes his home in Atlanta, GA. His educational credentials include a BFA in Photography and Graphic Design from the Cleveland Institute of Art.  For 25 years, he held the position of Associate Director of Admissions at the California Institute of the Arts, lecturing and counseling students internationally, preparing them for the Institute’s highly competitive Animation and Film Department, while continuing his own fine arts pursuits, individually and through collaborations.


Initially, Coleman’s art was centered on the human form, ranging from detailed figure drawings to more conceptual abstract images.  From this interest and understanding of the human figure he naturally transitioned and emerged as one of LA’s premier dance photographers and videographers, with images published in Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Dance and Fitness West, Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, The New York Times and, most recently, the Akron Beacon Journal. In addition, he has also become a sought after headshot photographer for L.A.’s commercial industry.


In 2006, Coleman was named winner of Dance Auction’s National Dance Photography Competition, judged by the renowned Photographer Rose Eichenbaum.  Coleman’s latest solo photography show was held at Cleveland’s Studio 11.


For the multi-talented Coleman, photography has been a spring-board into other pursuits – videography; business card, poster and postcard design; and web design.  His video experience includes work with many of L.A.’s dance companies: Patrick Frantz (former Paris Opera Ballet Soloist, and Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Ballet), La Danserie, Hysterica, Joe Decker, Deborah Brockus, and Moorpark College’s Dance Department.  His international videography work has taken him to Europe to shoot at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Regard du Cigne Studio Theatre in Paris, France.  Coleman has designed web sites for La Danserie, the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, choreographer and performer Lisa K. Lock, and himself.


Locally, Coleman has worked with some of Cleveland's major dance talents.  He has produced video for Michael Metcalf’s Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theatre; created a photo essay of dancer Diane McIntyre; and videoed Otis Sallid’s musical Gospel, Gospel, Gospel, which premiered at Cleveland’s Karamu House Theatre.


Coleman’s most recent work has been in a newly created art form “dance for the camera” in collaboration with Lisa K. Lock.   He premiered four short dance videos at the Cleveland Public Theatre in January of 2007 as part of CPT’s renowned BigBox series.  A collaborative piece with dancer and choreographer Lisa K. Lock debuted at Ingenuity 2007, Cleveland’s premier art and technology festival.  The Coleman/Lock collaborative dance video “Shivers” has been shown in national film and video festivals.