The Modern Portraitist – Scott McDermott

Photographer and Director Scott McDermott grew up in Switzerland, backpacked through the American West, and trekked the Himalayas before spending the last 20+ years as a commercial photographer in New York City. After initially shooting sports, Scott's work eventually shifted toward the athletes themselves and portraiture. This led to photographing many of the best creative minds in Hollywood, the music industry, and the worlds of business and government.

Scott McDermott
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Along with his advertising work for global brands and major magazines, Scott has created several personal projects, including his “Scar Stories” portrait series, the highly acclaimed “Mandela Day” project (capturing the hands and faces of many of those who support Nelson Mandela's message.) and a series of portraits accompanying the film “Pop Culture” about the fatherhood experience. His work has been shown at solo and group exhibits and is held in many collections internationally.

Scott is also a director on various projects through his production company Magenin Films. He recently directed a feature documentary, “Danica: DRIVEN” that follows racing driver Danica Patrick in the lead-up to her final race before retirement. The film was selected for ten film festivals and has won several awards.

Scott is an International Cinematographers Guild Local 600 member as a still photographer.


Abbott Healthcare, Abbvie, ABC, Absolut, Acer, Adidas, Amazon, AT&T, Bank of America, Bausch & Lomb, BlackRock, Bravo TV, CBS, Champion, CW-X, Dell, Deutsche Bank, DIRECTV, Discovery Channel, Disney, Gilead, GlaxoSmithKline, Head & Shoulders, HBO, iPayment, JetBlue, Kaplan, Mandela Day/ 46664, Marlboro Racing, Matrix Hair, Miramax, NBC, Nike, NYRR, Old Spice, Paramount+, Peacock, Penguin, Playboy, Polo RLX, Rodale Books, Sears, Starbucks, Swiss RE, Time Warner, USA Network, Simon & Schuster, Sinvin, Spike TV, SYFY, Tanqueray Gin, Target, Universal, USA Boxing, AARP, Backpacker, Entertainment Weekly, Figure, Haute Living, Hemispheres, Hers Muscle & Fitness, Golf, Golf Digest, Home, Men's Fitness, Men's Health, Men's Journal, Moving Pictures, MovieMaker, Outdoor Life, Outside, Player, Runners World, Ski, Skiing, Time, Time Out NY, Unlimited, Shape.


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