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Essentials: Sean Sullivan of The Impossible Cool

For Sean Sullivan, photography was always a skill embraced by his closest peers, yet his work

For Sean Sullivan, photography was always a skill embraced by his closest peers, yet his work didn’t receive wider recognition until 2007 when he unveiled his Tumblr page, The Impossible Cool. Expanding his reach, the page quickly garnered a reputation with its curated photo stream of high-profiled actors and Hollywood stars. While not all the images are shot courtesy of Sullivan’s trademark monochromatic style, the likes of William Claxton, Elvis Presley, and Miles Davis are placed next to those of Robert Redford and John F. Kennedy to help cement Sullivan’s aesthetic. The Impossible Cool is not only a mainstay for those seeking an authentic, candid look at icons of the 21st century, but is also an inspirational platform that celebrates the art of storytelling through portrait photography. His acute approach behind the lens has allowed for a lucrative career, with the likes of J.Crew, Wolverine and Cole Haan commissioning Sullivan to shoot various campaigns. For our latest Essentials we look at the lifestyle necessities behind the Los Angeles-based photographer. Reinforcing the man’s classic aesthetics, a Guilty Parties jacket is paired with RRL Chelsea Boots and well-fitted black Levi’s denim jeans. We also get a glimpse at Sullivan’s on-the-go camera — the Leica R8 — and portable speakers, a large Beats by Dre Pill. Elsewhere, blackened Palo Santo wood provides both aroma and spiritual remedy, while Sullivan also displays a bottle of Hennessy Black – his spirit of choice for making a cocktail after a long day of shooting. Enjoy Sullivan’s Essentials above and head to his Instagram to stay updated with his work.

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