Scott grew up in Switzerland, backpacked through the American West and trekked the Himalayas before spending the last 20 years as a commercial photographer in NYC, initially shooting sports. Scott's work eventually shifted toward the athletes themselves and portraiture. This led to photographing many of the best creative minds in Hollywood, the music industry and the worlds of business and government. Along with his advertising and editorial work, Scott has created several personal projects including his “Scar Stories” portrait series, the highly acclaimed "Mandela Day” project capturing the hands and faces of many of those who support Nelson Mandela's message and a series of portraits accompanying the film "Pop Culture" about the fatherhood experience.
In the last few years Scott has also made the shift to the moving image as a director on a variety of projects from commercial spots to short films and viral videos through his production company Magenin Films. He also just directed a feature documentary "Danica: DRIVEN" that follows racing driver Danica Patrick in the lead up to her final race before retirement. The film was selected into ten film festivals, and has won awards for "Best Biographical Film", "Best Sports Film" and "Best Cinematography".
Scott is an International Cinematographers Guild Local 600 member as a still photographer.
Abbott Healthcare, ABC, Absolut, Acer, Adidas, Amazon, AT&T, Balazs Boxing, Bank of America, Bausch & Lomb, BlackRock, Bravo TV, Champion, Chelsea Piers, CW-X, Dell, Deutsche Bank, DIRECTV, Discovery Channel, Disney, GlaxoSmithKline, Head & Shoulders, HBO, iPayment, JetBlue, Kaplan, Mandela Day/ 46664, Marlboro Racing, Matrix Hair, Miramax, NBC, Nike, NYRR, Old Spice, Penguin, Playboy, Polo RLX, Rodale Books, Sears, Time Warner, Swiss RE, USA Network, Simon & Schuster, Sinvin, Spike TV, SYFY, Tanqueray Gin, Target, Universal, USA Boxing, AARP, Access DIRECTV, Backpacker, Entertainment Weekly, Figure, Haute Living, Hemispheres, Hers Muscle & Fitness, Gilead, Golf, Golf Digest, Home, Hooked on the Outdoors, Men's Fitness, Men's Health, Men's Journal, Moving Pictures, MovieMaker, Outdoor Life, Outside, Player, Runners World, Shot Business, Ski, Skiing, The World of Hibernia, Time, Time Out NY, Unlimited, Shape, Village Voice
1x AI-AP International Motion Art Award
1x APA Short Film Contest Winner
3x American Photography Awards
2x Black & White Spider Awards
4x Communication Arts Photo Annual
1x Davey Award
1x Int'l Color Awards
2x Int'l Photography Awards
1x NYCA Cinematography Award
2x PDN Faces
3x PDN Photo Annual
All images © Scott McDermott