Kevin Lanthier is a visual artist, commercial photographer, and digital retoucher. With his company Cake Imagery, he works with top creative agencies and advertising photographers in Vancouver and around the world, for clients including Jameson Whiskey, Ronald McDonald House, Telus, Rogers, Esso, Aritzia, CP Rail, Coast Capital, BC Hydro, The City of Vancouver, and many others. He brings this strong technical foundation from the commercial world to his fine art work, building his images from dozens, if not hundreds, of separate photographs to create scenes and convey ideas in ways not possible with traditional photography alone. His current work focuses on distilling and amplifying narratives found in urban spaces via highly controlled, concept-driven compositions. Kevin has been working with Photoshop since before he picked up a camera, and maintains a philosophy that he will use any tool or technique available to realize the images he wishes to create. He likes to bring this openness of possibilities to his students, to encourage them to try to create the images from their imagination, regardless of the constraints of the physical world around them.
After graduating from Langara College’s Photography Program, he spent 11 years with Graphex Advertising Production – Vancouver’s premier prepress and digital imaging company. Scanning and retouching film was where he started, well, proofing actually. CMYK and prepress, he’s got that figured out. Page assembly and typography, he can do that too. Retouching, that was the whole reason for getting into prepress, that’s where it was done. More recently retouching has found its way into the hands of the photographer and the studio artist. Steve enjoyed over four years with Rethink Communications working closely with Photographers and Art Directors on some of the most memorable advertising including BC Lions and Playland. Before starting Pinter Creative Studio he was partner and senior creative retoucher at Jack Griffin CPS Inc.
Over the past eighteen years Steve has executed some of the most award-winning, photo-based print advertising in Canada, appearing at: the Marketing Awards, the Extras, the Lotus Awards, Cannes, One Show, D&AD, the Clios, in Applied Arts, Communication Arts and Lürzer’s Archive, among others.