︎ross@rossmantle.com
   
︎412 418 8730
︎Pittsburgh, Pa
︎I am a photographer dividing time between self-initiated projects and client commissions. I am a co-founder of Sleeper Studio and teach courses at Carnegie Mellon University

My name is Ross Mantle. I am a photographer dividing time between self-initiated projects and client commissions. I am a co-founder of Sleeper Studio and teach courses at Carnegie Mellon University.


ross@rossmantle.com 
412 418 8730  
Pittsburgh, PA
@ross_man_tle
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My work includes photographing for commercial and editorial clients, maintaining a documentary-based personal practice, teaching at Carnegie Mellon University, and editing and publishing image-text projects with Sleeper Studio

Since the ability of pictures to communicate ideas is fraught, the work I find most interesting is complicated from the start. I enjoy projects that lack an easily defined premise and rely on weaving together multiple subjects and photographic approaches. Work like this allows me to study larger patterns while looking for the possibility to incorporate universal themes, conceptual frameworks, specific histories, elements of design and inspiration from other types of storytelling, like creative non-fiction, short stories, or mythology. My photographs are usually quiet. The subject matter is often mundane—important moments aren’t depicted, the places are rarely notable, the people I photograph usually aren’t well known. When they’re all put together though, the intention becomes more interesting and narratives clearer.



Select commissioning clients include The New York Times, Monocle, Dwell, The FADER, TIME, WSJ., WIRED, Rolling Stone, Bloomberg Businessweek, NPR, Mother Jones, Herman Miller, Google-Design, American Express, Air Canada, MASS MoCA, Whole Foods Market, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

My prints and books are in the collections of the Antenna Reading Room, Franklin Furnace Artists’ Books Collection, Herman Miller Inc., Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The MFAH Hirsch Library, and The Houston Center for Photography’s John Cleary Library among others.