Tobin Yelland: Photographer & Director

Nothing inspires me more than real life and passionate personalities. Especially people that are bold and fearless. Nothing and no one can stand in their way. What I want to capture most in my photography is the authenticity of the moment. Chasing stories, watching them unfold, capturing slivers of time. Each image telling a story of that person. It’s something that speaks to us all, stirring something deep within. 

 Tobin Yelland 



Member: 

American Photographic Artists

IATSE 600 Unit Still Photographer

Clients

A24, ABC, Adidas running, Adidas Originals, Anti Hero, Brighthouse Financial, Brixton, Calvin Klein, Charvel, DC, Fender, Google, HBO MAX, HUF, HULU, KEEP Company, Levi's, Nike, Nordstrom, RVCA, Soylent, Shopify, Vans , New York Times, Monster Children, Hype Beast, Thrasher, Vans.

“The key to shooting great stills is finding the right moment to capture, which tells a story in just one image.” - Tobin Yelland

Tobin’s early experience as skateboard photographer and cinematographer in the streets of San Francisco, had a great impact on his gift of capturing the decisive moment. As a member of the skate scene it came natural to Tobin to capture moments as he saw them; raw and real, with a twist of humor.

Tobin Yelland is a Los Angeles based IATSE local 600 photographer.

I began shooting stills with Another Day In Paradise staringJames Woods & Melanie Grifith Directed by Larry Clark. I then shot Bully staring Brad RenfroNick Stahl Michael Pitt Directed by Larry Clark. My next film was Love Liza starring Philip Seymour Hoffman & Kathy Bates Directed by Todd Louiso. While living in New York I shot Kill The Poor staring Clara Bellar and David Krumholtz and Directed by Alan Taylor. In 2018 I shot Mid 90's staring Katherine WaterstonLucas Hedges & Sunny Suljic and directed by Jonah Hill. In 2020 I shot is Bad Hair staring Vanessa WilliamsLaverne Cox & Elle Lorraine and directed by Justin Simien as well as C'MON C'MON staring Oscar Winning actor Joaquin Phoenix, Directed by Oscar Nominated Mike Mills.

Tobin Yelland IATSE 600 

For Bookings:  

Vanessa Salle  vanessa@tobinyelland.com                                         


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Exhibitions:

Solo Exhibitions:

2019

"Mental", Book and Jobs Gallery with Antonius Dentcho, San Francisco

2018

"Now and Then", The Hole Gallery, New York

2006
“Too Cool For School”, Max Fish, Ny

1998
“Skateboarders”, ESP gallery, San Francisco, Ca

1985
“Tobin Yelland Photography”, MTV, New York Installation

Group Exhibitions:
2004-2006
“Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture”, Contemporary arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio; curated by Christian Strike and Aaron Rose; Travels to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, Ca; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach; The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD; The University of South Florida Contemporary art Museum, Tampa, FL; Fondazione La Triennale, Milan, Italy; Le Tri Postal, Lille, France, “Boys Behaving Badly”, Contemporary arts Museum, Houston

2006
“Ugly Winners”, Galerie du Jour, Paris, France

2003
Skate Culture The art of Skate Boarding , Contemporary art Center ,Virginia

2002
“Scratch off The Serial”, Institute of Contemporary art, Philadelphia, PA 

“New photography”, Chance Operations Gallery, Denver, Co

2001
“Untitled”, Knot Gallery, New york, NY
“Visionaire’s Exquisite Corps”, Carlton Arts Festival, Sao Paolo, Brazil

2000
“Features”, Max Fish, New york 

Arkitip, Lausanne, Switzerland

1999
“Disciplined and Vigilant”, The Luggage Store, San Francisco, Ca
“Tuff”, Dazed and Confused Gallery, London, UK
“Frenzy”, The Luggage Store, San Francisco, Ca
“Western photography Showcase”, 1026 Gallery, Philadelphia
“half Frame Show”, New Image Art, Los Angeles
“Thorn and Toad”, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago, IL; Travels to Film arts Foundation, San Francisco, CA; New York Underground Film Festival, New York, NY; London Film Festival, London, UK; Edinburgh Film Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland

1998
“Off The hook”, The Luggage Store, San Francisco

“Move 2”, New Image Art, Los Angeles, Ca

1997
The Independents, Alleged gallery, New york, NY

1996
“Culture is our Business”, Center for Contemporary photography, Melbourne, Australia “Sugar Mountain”, White Columns, New york, NY

1995
“Dysfunctional”, Bluenote, London, UK
“The Salon Show”, Alleged Gallery, New York, NY

1993
“The Happiest People in The World”, Alleged Gallery, New York, NY

SELECTED Filmography:1999
“Thorn and Toad”, director

SELECTED Bibliography:
2002
Glickman, Adam. “The Disobedients”, Tokion, May/June, 2002

1999
Campbell, Thomas. “Capotore”, Lowdown, Number 16, 1999
Jenkins, Andy. “Tobin Yelland photography”, LEVEL Magazine, August/September, 1999

1998
Helfand, Glen. “SwitchStance”, The San Francisco Bay Gaurdian, February 4-10, 1998

1995
Pastras, Chris. “Riders of The Board”, Paper Magazine, February, 1995

1994
Daws, Lance. “Seeing Through The Lens of Tobin yelland”, Slap magazine, March, 1994 

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