We Are Santa
Portraits and Profiles
Who doesn't love Santa Claus? From award-winning photographer Ron Cooper comes a beautifully curated collection of fifty professional Santas from across the country. We Are Santa is a fascinating glimpse into the lives of those who slip into the red suit to spread Christmas cheer. Before and after portraits, behind-the-scenes stories of custom made costumes and specialized training, and surprising anecdotes of on-the-job encounters bring these Santas to life.
Just as Humans of New York captures the lives of everyday people, We Are Santa celebrates the humanity of everyday Santas. From a third-generation Kris Kringle to an Orthodox Jew who has been playing Santa for fifty years, Cooper's portraits are a testament to the holiday spirit. When Santa Mike, a Navy veteran and aircraft mechanic, meets a six-year-old girl with a prosthetic hand just like his own, he says, "Her eyes got big, and she threw her arms around my neck. It was the highlight of my season. That's why I'm Santa."
Ron Cooper is an award-winning travel, documentary, and portrait photographer based in Denver, Colorado. His work celebrates humankind, focusing on people, in particular, who adopt personas outside of their day-to-day lives. Ron has photographed drag performers in Cuba to Civil War reenactors in New Mexico. And along the way, he has photographed hundreds of Santa. We Are Santa is his first book.