Hugh Kretschmer’s surreal and fantastic photographs reflect his passion for Russian constructivism, Dadaism, early cinema and sci-fi. He grew up in a family of artists in Los Angeles and discovered photography at age 13 under the guidance of his father who was a photo-instrumentation engineer for McDonnell Douglas during the Mercury through Apollo missions. Kretschmer has created conceptual photo-illustrations for editorial and advertising clients, most notably "Vanity Fair," "The New York Times Magazine," "Esquire," "Fortune" and "GQ," as well as the History Channel, Old Spice, Toyota, Honda, the U.S. Postal Service, Estee Lauder, Huggies, Penn & Teller, and Purina. Kretschmer has been an award recipient of major design annuals and shows from "Communication Arts" and "Graphis" to American "Photography" and "Print." Among these honors is a Gold medal in 2000 for his photographic series from the Society of Publication Designers. Kretschmer taught still life photography at ArtCenter between 1992 and 1995.