Surface x Leica Photo Studio at Summit L.A. 2017

We teamed up with photographer Mark Leibowitz to document the thinkers, artists, activists, and entrepreneurs at this year's Summit festival in Los Angeles.

For the third year in a row, Surface was on the scene at Summit—the 2017 edition took place in Downtown Los Angeles—to document the great minds currently shaping their respective industries. In partnership with Leica Cameras and photographer Mark Leibowitz, we created a pop-up motion portrait studio outfitted with furniture and fixtures from leading design brands. Below, a look at some of the talent on-hand at this year’s event.

Credits: Mark Leibowitz, photographer and director; Domenica Peterson, creative director; Keon Javanshir, cinematographer; Spencer Amonwatvorakul, digital capture; Christine Hilberg, retoucher.

All images and videos shot on a Leica S Medium format camera and SL camera. 

Artist Daniel Ashram. Ottoman by Blu Dot, basket by Bend Goods.


Poet Aja Monet. Wall fixture by Bend Goods.


Josh Levine, cofounder of Frame Denim. Ottoman by Blu Dot, chair by Bend Goods.


Artist Hank Willis Thomas. Chair by Blu Dot


Biet Simkin, spiritual teacher and founder of Center of the Cyclone. Bench by Blu Dot, lamp by Artemide.


Poet and multiplatinum songwriter IN-Q. Ottoman by Blu Dot


Artist Peter Tunney. Chair by Bend Goods.


Victorine Deych, wellness guru. Stool by Emeco, basket by Bend Goods.


Amanda Saab, chef; blogger, Amanda’s Plate; founder of @DinnerWithYourMuslimNeighbor. Chair by Blu Dot, table by Bend Goods


Max Block, cofounder of The Fare Trade, a subscription box service of American-sourced culinary products. Chairs by Emeco.


Summit cofounder Jeff Rosenthal. Chair and rug by Blu Dot.


Movement artists Lil Buck and Jon Boogs. Bench by Blu Dot, lamp by Artemide


Actress and producer Noa Tishby.


Dhru Purohit, CEO of Dr Hyman Enterprises and cofounder of the Clean Program. Chair by Blu Dot.


Indigenous leader and healer Manari Ushigua. Chair by Emeco.


DJ and artist Zeke Thomas. Chair by Blu Dot


General Electric vice chair Beth Comstock. Chair by Blu Dot.


Julius Dean, magician. Table by Blu Dot.


Shiva Rea, yogi and activist. Lamp by Artemide.

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