VBS goes on assignment to Monterrey, Mexico with favorite portrait photographer Stefan Ruiz to document the "Cholombiano" street culture of sticky sideburns and stoner cumbia jams in the first episode of the new VBS series Picture Perfect.
Join Stefan Ruiz as he shares his 1970s photo collection from Cairo, Egypt. These vintage prints reveal a special era with stunning hand-coloring done in the studio.
Stefan Ruiz was born in San Francisco, and studied painting and sculpture at the University of California, Santa Cruz and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice, Italy. He first took up photography while in West Africa, documenting Islam's influence on traditional West African art, and began work as a professional photographer in 1994 while teaching art at San Quentin State Prison.
During his career, Ruiz has done editorial work for select magazines including Colors (for whom he was Creative Director, 2003-04), The New York Times Magazine, L'uomo Vogue, Wallpaper*, The Guardian Weekend, Telegraph Magazine and Rolling Stone. His award winning advertising campaigns include Caterpillar, Camper, Diesel, Air France and Costume National.