Artist Spotlight: Blake Little

Blake Little understands primal masculinity and captures it in his new book, Manifest.



Pete Los Angeles, 2011


Blake Little was born and raised in Seattle. After studying for three years at the University of Washington, Blake transferred to Seattle Central College, where he completed his photography degree in 1984. After college, Blake moved to Los Angeles and became part of the vibrant 1980s Los Angeles art scene. Blake’s outstanding artist portrait series, which included David Hockney, John Baldessari, and Ed Ruscha, lead to commercial assignments in the entertainment industry.

Little has worked with Tom Cruise, Mike Myers, Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Steve Carell, Samuel L. Jackson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Aaron Eckhart, Marcia Cross, Colin Powell, k.d. lang, 50 Cent, Glenn Close, Jane Fonda, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, and Jane Lynch, among others. He has photographed for such publications as London Times Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, People Magazine, Time, Los Angeles Magazine, and ESPN the Magazine. Little is a longtime collaborator with The Advocate and has created many memorable cover images.

Little’s work has been exhibited in New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Japan and has resulted in three monographs: his first book, Dichotomy, in 1997;  The Company of Men in September 2011; and Manifest in 2013.

"Blake Little Photographs: Gay Rodeo 1988-1992" opens at the Eiteljorg Museum in January 2014. "New West: Photographs of Cowboys and Western Culture" is scheduled to open the Glenbow Museum in Alberta, Canada, in 2014.

For more about Manifest: MANIFEST BLAKE LITTLE