Lauren Bilanko, Brooklyn 2020

Lauren Bilanko

Photographer, Artist, Storyteller & Entrepreneur

I was born in Chicago and graduated with a BFA in Photography from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 1999 with a duffle bag of clothes and my Nikon 35mm slung over my shoulder. Over the years I met so many amazing people and traveled all over the world to take photographs professionally.

We opened Twenty Sided Store in April 2011. My storytelling developed into writing and producing interactive immersive experiences. I have written and published nine adventures for roleplaying games and I am currently working on a science fantasy world called Mira

You can find me drinking cold brew iced coffee at a neighborhood cafe, live streaming Photography or 20sidedTV content with my cat Arrow curled in my lap, or at the store chatting with customers.

Working Relationships

I have worked on countless commercial and editorial photography projects in the fashion, food, and music industry.

Photographers and Directors I have had the honor of working with include Howard Schatz, Bruce Wolf, Olugbenro Ogunsemore, Chris Strong, Frank Ishman, Ray Adams, Geoff Green, Dan ForbesJeffrey Dionesotes, and Linda Robbennolt.

Clients and Creatives that I have worked with and who continue to inspire me include Frankie Rose, Tara Stiles, TV on the Radio, Sunny A. Atema, Pansy Division, Ivéta Gourmet, Todd James, David Henry Brown Jr., Stefanie Syat, Dana Schechter, Caroline Yes, Ingrid Ammann, Stefan Pokorny, Brian Brown, DJ PreSkool.

I have also created custom interactive experiences for Twenty Sided StoreWizards of the Coast (Dungeons & Dragons), Nitehawk Cinema, and Jupiter Disco.

Community Volunteer Work

GRANDstBK Community Organizer for the Open Streets Block Party on Grand Street supporting local businesses and bringing Williamsburg's SouthSide community together.

SouthSide CSA Volunteer Support for Community Supported Agriculture. CSAs connect local farmers with local eaters in a partnership of mutual commitment.

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