Miller Mobley, a former photography student in the College, recently shot a cover for Time magazine, becoming the youngest photographer to have his work grace the front of the news magazine . His images accompany the article, “The DNA Dilemma: A Test That Could Change Your Life.” Mobley, 26, has been shooting commercially in New York since 2011.
Mobley originally traveled to shoot portraits in New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City for what was to be an online story only, for the website Time.com. A few weeks later, he got a call that changed everything. The editors told him that the story was going to be on the cover, and they commissioned him to shoot the images that appeared on the December 24, 2012 edition.
While at UA, Mobley was mentored by Chip Cooper, a faculty member in the College and former director of photography for The University of Alabama. According to Cooper, Mobley’s use of light makes his portraits so appealing. In addition to his eye for the camera, Mobley’s drive to succeed has gotten him where he is today.
While studying at UA, Mobley was already shooting commercial jobs. He began to get so many requests for work he decided to work from Birmingham full time. His work there led him to a New York-based agent who had seen his work online. Since his move to the Big Apple two years ago, Mobley has taken photos for ESPN magazine, New York Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Forbes, Land Rover, Nike and TLC Network, among others.
Although his new life has kept him busy, Mobley has not forgotten his Tuscaloosa roots. After the April 27 tornado, he returned to Tuscaloosa to shoot free portraits for families who’d lost their belongings. A story about his work was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition. You can hear the full story here: http://www.npr.org/2011/05/29/136765577/portraits-of-tuscaloosa-help-storm-victims-start-again.
To see Mobley’s work visit www.millermobley.com.