Celebrity

Workshop Preview: Chris Buck’s “The Surprising Portrait”

Posted by on Thursday May 10, 2018 | Celebrity

To make interesting portraits, "I gleefully let myself go to dark places," Chris Buck says. "I said [to Lena Dunham], 'I want to photograph you with this [baby swing] like an S&M device,' and she said, 'Sure.' [It's] innocence and perversion living in the same space." ©Chris Buck

Celebrity photographer Chris Buck, who is known for getting subjects to do unexpected things on set, will host a workshop called “The Surprising Portrait” in New York City on November 10-12. “Nothing charms like a surprise, yet in portraiture there seems to be so little of it,” Buck says, explaining that most photographers only “flatter... More

Quick Tip: How Celebrity Shooters Brainstorm Portrait Ideas

Posted by on Friday March 2, 2018 | Celebrity

Actor Joaquin Phoenix on the cover of Uneasy, Chris Buck's 2017 book of offbeat celebrity portraits. ©Chris Buck

Celebrity photo shoots are a challenge because photographers often get five minutes to shoot. For photographers who like to shoot conceptual portraits, the secret is preparation. Chris Buck is known for his quirky, humorous portraits that push the boundaries of editorial photography. He doesn’t shoot to satisfy or flatter his celebrity subjects; he’s shooting for... More

Report: Terry Richardson Under NYPD Investigation for Sexual Assault

Posted by on Thursday January 4, 2018 | Celebrity, Copyright/Legal

Police are finally investigating the mounting accusations of sexual assault against Terry Richardson, while clients quietly continue to hire him.

Photographer Terry Richardson is under investigation by the New York City police department, following accusations of sexual assault by two former models, according to the New York Daily News. Through his attorneys, Richardson has denied the allegations. Caron Bernstein, a former Ford model, told the Daily News last month that Richardson sexually assaulted her at... More

Wrangling the Cast of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” for a Portrait

Posted by on Tuesday December 12, 2017 | Celebrity

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" cast portrait for The New York Times ©Jesse Dittmar

This Friday marks another major event in the intergalactic battle between good and evil with the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” It is the eighth episode of the 40-year Star Wars saga. To stoke anticipation and ticket sales, the cast has been speed dating with the media. The New York Times got 30... More

Thursday Tip: How to Get Celebrity Publicists to Say Yes

Posted by on Thursday October 26, 2017 | Celebrity

Celebrity publicists are often quick to reject good portrait ideas from photographers and photo editors. They’re afraid photographers will make their clients look bad. But Greg Garry, photo editor for OUT magazine, has strategies for getting around their caution. “One of my secret weapons is I usually present my favorite idea second,” he says. “You... More

Secret Service Not Amused by Photog Staging Trump Beheading

Posted by on Thursday June 1, 2017 | Celebrity

©Tyler Shields
©Tyler Shields

Photographer Tyler Shields and comedian Kathy Griffin are under Secret Service investigation for a photograph of Griffin holding what appears to be the bloody, severed head of Donald Trump, TMZ has reported. The website quoted unnamed law enforcement sources. Shields is known for his slick, provocative, and frequently degrading images of models and celebrities that... More

PDN Video: Photographing Celebrities (and Others) at Home

Posted by on Thursday March 16, 2017 | Celebrity

Don Lemon ©Tom Atwood
Don Lemon, CNN News anchor. ©Tom Atwood

Over the last 15 years, Tom Atwood has made hundreds of environmental portraits of LGBTQ Americans from all walks of life. He recently published Kings & Queens in Their Castles (Damiani), his second collection of portraits from the project.  The photographs, all shot in the homes of his subjects, reveal fascinating details about their work... More

Natalie Brasington’s Breakthrough Portraits of Amy Schumer

Posted by on Wednesday December 7, 2016 | Celebrity, Fun

Natalie Brasington, a New York based photographer specializing in conceptual portraits of comedians, explains how she got started, and shares practical advice for aspiring celebrity photographers. In the video below, she shows how she conceived some of her early portraits of comedian Amy Schumer, and more recent portraits of other comedians. PDN: What draws you... More