As a young teen, Brent Foster saw a documentary style photo on the front page of the small weekly newspaper in his hometown. The image of people at an event in the center of town was a simple, everyday moment, but the way that the photographer captured the moment without anyone in the photo appearing aware of the camera caught Brent’s eye, and introduced him to seeing photography as a tool for telling stories—something he had never considered before. As most kids in small towns do, Brent ran away, in his case to explore the world, and didn’t look back.
His work has led him to more than 30 countries where he’s had a chance to eat crazy food ranging from sheep brains in Istanbul to bull testicles in Patagonia. He’s been tattooed by monks in Thailand, tribal artists in the Philippines, but most importantly, has had the chance to tell incredibly powerful stories ranging from conflict in the Gaza Strip to doctors fighting for access to pain relief for the chronically ill in India for editorial clients such as The New York Times, TIME Magazine, and Canadian Geographic.
A stint as Photojournalist for the LA Times taught Brent a lot about creating authentic content and helping subjects to quickly become comfortable in front of the camera. It was also during his time in the editorial world that Foster recognized the significance of telling stories through cinematic work. It was the power of hearing a subject’s voice, and seeing the way they interact and move with the world that led him to a career shift into filmmaking.
Brent has since acted as Director/DoP and occasionally editor on projects for global brands such as Nike, The NBA, DJI, and Gatorade to help them create authentic pieces of content that resonate with viewers. His process is adaptable to any size project being happy with a small, doc style crew or a full-size production footprint. In addition, he holds an SFOC (Special Flight Operations Certificate) from Transport Canada to fly drones legally.
Alongside his branded projects, Foster’s passion project entitled “While I’m Here | The Legacy Project” profiles everyday heroes passing on a legacy. The project has picked up Vimeo Staff Picks and multiple awards along the way.