Brian Wertheim, born in Los Angeles, California, in 1989, is a photographer and filmmaker focusing on long-term work in Southern California and the Middle East. He remains committed to the use of photographic film and develops all of his negatives using traditional darkroom techniques.
In contrast with having spent his formative years in rural New England, Wertheim has dedicated the majority of his photographic efforts to subjects located in some of the largest urban areas on earth and is motivated by a love for the comings and goings of city life. Antithetical themes are characteristic of his work exploring mankind’s ability to endure difficult and unusual circumstances. Wertheim has chosen to seek out the struggles of the working class and the disenfranchised in an effort to remain in touch with the universal human story. Despite embarking on such a directive, his work has led him to hold a fundamentally optimistic worldview and this remains the driving force that compels him.
It is in these places that Wertheim seeks to use the language of documentary and portraiture to reveal the light of the human spirit often left hidden in the marginalized communities of the world.
Wertheim lives in Los Angeles with his wife.
Education: 2007-2011 Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, Bachelor of Music (BM) in Film Scoring, Magna Cum Laude
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