Inspiration since 1991
Mercury Press International is a media agency that serves editorial, nonprofit, private and commercial clients with visual storytelling; words, images, design, video and promotion. Co-founders Nancy Black and Isaac Hernandez shared the original vision to create inspiring articles and photographs for international magazines. After more than 25 years, their work has been published in over 300 print publications in 27 countries, including National Geographic, USA Today, Men's Health, Outdoors, Glamour (Spain), ELLE (Spain), GEO, and many others. They currently serve the Wall Street Journal and El País, Spain’s largest national newspaper. Here are some clips of published work. Currently, they provide videography, photography, media and promotional services to clients including United Way, Direct Relief, Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation, Tri-Counties Regional Center, Community Environmental Council and Gaviota Coast Conservancy.
Many photographs by Isaac Hernández are showcased in our archive here, available for licensing or as fine art prints. To learn more about the work of Nancy Black, please visit NancyBlack.com. For Isaac's paintings and sculpture, see Isaacart.com.
Isaac Hernandez is a master at making people feel comfortable in front of the camera and creating beautiful images. His photographs, videos and stories have been published around the world, from Cosmopolitan and National Geographic Traveler to ESPN and The Wall Street Journal. His moving and inspiring short films are in high demand for nonprofit fundraising.
Isaac's experience in film (as director of photography, producer, editor and director), theater, design and conceptual art round up his artistic vision. Isaac has written four plays in collaboration with kids, producing and directing three of them. He holds a BA in Film from Brooks Institute, with studies in history and art at Madrid's Universidad Complutense and at Santa Barbara City College. He was born and raised in Madrid in a publishing family, and speaks fluent English and Spanish, plus Italian and Portuguese. Lucky couples appreciate his wedding work, PhotographybyIsaac.com.
“I’m an explorer, looking for beauty, not only in the obvious, but also in our human imperfection and absurdity,” says Isaac. “Photography occurs to me like meditation, a reminder to be present to the intimacy of life, and to laugh at myself.”
Nancy Black is passionate about communications that support a thriving planet. She earned a BA in Studio Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is an accomplished artist and musician. Having been immersed in astrology all of her life, she has published horoscopes daily since 2008, at first assisting her mother Linda Black when she became incapacitated with ovarian cancer, and then taking over the beloved column, in print daily for twenty years then, in 2009. She is proud to continue her mother's legacy. The Linda Black Horoscopes column appears daily to tens of millions of readers, internationally syndicated by Tribune Media Services to over 80 print newspapers (including the Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times, Baltimore Sun, Sacramento Bee, Hoy, Dallas Herald, AM New York, the Sun-Sentinel and Miami Herald), websites, TV stations, and even new Ford vehicles. Her astrology column can be read daily at lcblack.com.
With over a decade spent on non-profit boards, she currently serves as Communications Director for nonprofits The Israel Palestine Project and Gaviota Coast Conservancy.