John McDermott is an American-born photographer with dual nationality (Ireland/USA) working internationally, most often in Europe or the USA. His earlier brief „careers“ as soccer player, Navy officer and journalist eventually gave way to a passion for photographing sports, industry, the urban landscape and human interaction.
John is internationally recognized for both his portrait work and his sports photography. He has photographed CEO’s of major corporations, authors, artists and athletes, as well as everyday working people, for a long list of corporate and editorial clients who have sent him to more than forty countries, ten Olympic games and eight FIFA World Cups. He has photographed the greatest players in soccer history, from George Best, Franz Beckenbauer, Johan Cruyff and Pelé to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo or made portraits of David Beckham, Steffi Graf, Steve Jobs, Queen Elizabeth or Run DMC. His clients have told him he has an eye for clean, graphic composition and great light, and a knack for catching the right moments.
John McDermott divides his time between northern Italy, Germany and San Francisco. He is fluent in Italian and has working knowledge of Spanish and Portuguese. His clients include adidas, Apple, American Express, Canon, Eastman Kodak, Focus, GEO, FIFA, International Paper, Goldman Sachs, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Time, US Airways and the Wall Street Journal.
“John as an instructor is out of this world!” – Sven Bernert, participant 2015, 2016
“Although I own expensive equipment, my photos never reached the level I was dreaming of. Within two days training executed by outstanding professional photographer John McDermott I learned more than in years before. It was a pleasure “to be learning by doing” from this wonderful team and to have a good time with an inspiring group of ambitious trainees.” – Stephan Holzner, participant 2016
“My dear John, Every time I photograph a face or a portrait I have to think of you!” – writes Guido Kettner, to John, a participant of John’s People Photography Masterclass.
“John has an amazing talent to pull people into the story, the scene, the photograph. It is impressive how he interacts with people and how much attention he pays to each individual he is interacting with, may it be the participant of a workshop or the subject of the photograph. I not only learned a lot about photography but also about myself.” – Hansjörg Künzel, participant 2015
“It is always a pleasure to learn something from you and to „work“ with you.” – Peter Lutz, participant of several Masterclasses with John McDermott.