Adam Santelli was born in the suburbs of Ohio and received a BFA from Ohio State University.
Since he moved to California he has worked as a director of photography for both films and commercials. An avid music fan, Santelli has enjoyed working on music videos for among others Marylin Manson, A Perfect Circle, Snoop Dogg, and The Ramones.
His photography reflects a belief that composition has the power to convey a story, and a clear strategic approach to framing. His Canonball series focuses on confinement and lack of control, using the underwater environment. The impact of the water forced him to work without order and likewise his models lost some control of their poses and facial expressions.
Santelli currently lives in Los Angeles, California. His work has been nominated for an Emmy and an MTV award, among others.
"I’m always intrigued by those that shoot within the realm of water, as it’s our most sacred of life elements. With Adams water work of women, it truly evokes that primal feeling of a human specie exploding into a life of “Consciousness”."