Austin Raishbrook is an internationally renowned photojournalist that has most recently found himself behind another set of cameras – those of the recently released, pulse-pounding thriller Nightcrawler. After being brought in by producer Dan Gilroy of the Bourne Legacy fame as technical advisor for the movie he was ultimately offered a cameo role starring alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Paxton and Riz Ahmed. On its opening weekend Nightcrawler topped the US box office grossing more than $10 million.
Austin currently owns RMG News, one of America’s most successful news-gathering agencies but is best known for his role on Stringers: LA, a reality television show based on his work. He has been featured in dozens of publications around the world, most notably Esquire Magazine, FHM and the LA Times and has appeared on numerous TV and radio spots, including such shows as Le Grand Journal in France, BBC’s World Service radio show and Channel 7’s Sunrise morning show in Sydney, Australia. Austin is currently represented by APA Talent Agency in Beverly Hills, CA.
Growing up in a small rural town in southern England, Austin Raishbrook was fascinated by photography. Upon leaving school he explored the world of photojournalism and began freelancing for local newspapers. But these jobs left him unfulfilled and, in search of more inspiring work, he exchanged the tranquility of his hometown for the streets of Los Angeles.
Realizing an increasing trend towards video and multimedia in the journalism industry, Austin trained in film and video at the Hollywood Film School and soon became a certified and distinguished cinematographer. His creative talents led him across the world where he worked on documentaries and commercials including the highly acclaimed feature documentary, ‘The Junkman’s Son’. On returning to Los Angeles, his passion for film transposed to news photography and later that year he co-founded RMG News with his brother, Howard.
RMG News is now one of the most successful news gathering agencies in the US, capturing some of the most breathtaking news footage ever to be seen on television. The company provides footage to dozens of news channels around the world, including CNN, Fox News and Univision – the leading Spanish-language media organization in the US.
In 2008 the LA Times recognized RMG News as a “well-oiled news-gathering force” and the success of the company also caught the attention of Tru TV executives. Stringers: LA is a reality TV series that first aired on the cable channel in 2008, offering viewers a behind-the-scenes look at RMG’s cutting edge work. Executives at Tru TV say: “RMG News is one of the most successful news photography companies in LA.”
RMG also continues to provide the California Highway Patrol, the LAPD, the LA County Sheriffs Department and the Los Angeles City and County Fire Departments with footage and still images for evidence and training purposes.
Austin is an active member of the National Press Photographers Association (US), the British Institute of Professional Photography (UK), the International Freelance Photographers Organization (International) and the National Association of Television Program Executives, NATPE (US).
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