Tobin Yelland: Photographer & Director

Tobin Yelland is a photographer and filmmaker living in Los Angeles, specializing in storytelling that joins a documentary style approach while capturing the definitive moment. 

His skills in imaging post-production set him apart. He believes that choices made with color looks, and grain is just as important to a still or moving project as its content. He loves to be hands-on in applying his signature color style to best convey a story's particular mood. 

Tobin has shot movie posters for A24, Lions Gate, Studio Canal, Muse Productions and worked for many magazines including Hype Beast, Surfers Journal, New York Times and Huck. Tobin has shot campaigns for Fender guitars, Calvin Klein, RVCA, Levis and Vans. Tobin has been exhibiting his photography and film work worldwide for over 20 years; including Yerba Buena Center For The Arts,The Luggage Store, Deitch Projects, Thread Waxing Space, White Columns, Institute for Contemporary Art Philadelphia and many more. 

Tobin was cinematographer for Portraits of Braddock which won a Golden Pencil award at the 2010 One Show.


A24, Adidas running, Adidas Originals, Anti Hero, Brixton, Calvin Klein, DC, Fender, HUF, HULU, KEEP Company, Levi's, New York Times, Monster Children, Nike, Nordstrom, RVCA, Soylent, Shopify,Thrasher, Vans.

For Bookings:  

Vanessa Salle                                         

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Solo Exhibitions:


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


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

“Too Cool For School”, Max Fish, Ny

“Skateboarders”, ESP gallery, San Francisco, Ca

“Tobin Yelland Photography”, MTV, New York Installation

Group Exhibitions:
“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

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

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

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

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

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

“Features”, Max Fish, New york 

Arkitip, Lausanne, Switzerland

“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

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

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

The Independents, Alleged gallery, New york, NY

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

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

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

SELECTED Filmography:1999
“Thorn and Toad”, director

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

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

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

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

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

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