U.S.-born Scott McDermott grew up in Switzerland, backpacked America's wild west and hiked Nepal's Himalayas.
After several years as an assistant to a wide variety of NYC photographers, he struck out on his own, shooting sports figures and
extreme activities. Initially focused on action and event coverage, McDermott's work shifted toward the athletes themselves and their
remarkable abilities, which led to photographing others who'd made their marks on Hollywood and the music industry.
McDermott has captured portraits of hundreds of the worlds best creative minds at the Sundance, Tribeca, Cannes and Toronto film festivals, and his work has appeared in magazines ranging from "Men's Health" to "Time." Along with his key photographic art exhibitions, McDermott recently shot a series on "Mandela Day," capturing the hands and heads of many of those who turned out to support Nelson Mandela's message. These images have been used for a short film called “Raise My Hands,” which has been selected for the Heartland, Byron Bay, Newport Beach, Sonoma International, Tokyo Short Shorts, and other film festivals worldwide.
Scott skips (not literally) between New York City and Marina del Rey. McDermott has received many accolades for his work, including being
named a winner in Communication Arts Photography Annual awarding the best photography of 2009.