Les Fincher first came to New York City as a select student, at the invitation of Life Magazine cover photographer Philippe Halsman. For the next six years, Les was an Instructor of Photography and Co-Director of the Focus Workshops at The New School / Parsons School of Design. Les was asked to be the still photographer on a Susan Sarandon film with Academy Award-winning DP Walter Lassely. (Who had fired two still photographers in two days).
Les was the photographer for the Laurie Anderson film and album “Home of the Brave”. While working as a still photographer on commercials, Directors and Producers would ask Les to do a photographic survey of selected filming locations.
Location Scouting became the new path, using the camera daily, travel and experiencing new places. Madison Ave was booming and Les brought his interpretive vision and organizational production skills to varied TV commercial and still projects nation wide.
Les is a Co-Founder of the Association of Location Scouts and Managers (ALSAM). For over 36 years, ASLAM helped establish work standards and guidelines that lead to formal unionization of New York location commercial scouts and others.
Les has worked for Directors, Marc Romanek, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Joe Pytka, Tony Goldwyn, Ridley Scott, Andrea Molaioli, Albert Watson, Bill Hudson, Jim Gartner, Jeff Lovinger and many others. He is a member Theatrical Teamsters Local 817.
Les is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.