PHOTOGRAPHER PUBLISHES BOOK OF FAMOUS FACES…”UP CLOSE and REAL: 100 Celebrity Portraits by David Jacobs”
IN 1997 MIAMI PHOTOGRAPHER DAVID JACOBS FIGURED OUT A WAY TO DO PHOTO-SESSIONS WITH CELEBRITIES. READ HOW HIS APPROACH ENABLED HIM TO MAKE 100’s of IMAGES OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS
MIAMI, Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — “Anyone who has ever wanted to be a photographer knows that one of the hardest things to do is to approach strangers and ask to take a picture.If the stranger happens to be a celebrity, it’s even harder because the answer can be NO just as easily as yes. But when you ask the celebrity stranger and try to apply a certain visual stamp (your particular style) on top of it all, that’s the mark of an intrepid photo warriorâ€¦.either that or someone who has mastered the art of being charming and skillful. David Jacobs is just this person.
His book of celebrity portraits is as extensive and tenacious a collection of famous contemporary people as any in existence. And they are real. These are not beautiful photographs of people beautifully made up and dressed and coiffed and styled and watched over by their PR bulldogs. No! These are the real people. We know their faces as being familiar but we don’t know them like this. In David’s photographs, the celebrities become real people, just like the rest of us, and in so many ways, It makes them immediately more accessible and empathetic. We can like them for who they are more than for what they do.
David has photographed hundreds of subjects over a ten year period, never wavering from his hard, honest look at famous people. In a way, he is looking through and seeing through the concept of celebrityâ€¦who is famous, and why, how, does it have anything to do with how they look, the twinkle in their eye, the curl of their lip, the gloss of their hairâ€¦he is examining and analyzing and coming at them with HIS point of view.
Now, at a time when we are living in the height of celebrity—it has taken over the airwaves, the magazines, the t.v. channels and programming, the movies and new social media— it’s worth it to get a fresh honest look at celebrities such as David shows us with his work. Because in the end, they are a mirror of usâ€¦.our desires, dreams, fantasies, misconceptions, our desire to be beautiful and live what seems like glamorous lives when in the end, it’s just the luck of the draw, they could be you or me and in taking a closer, in-the-cold-light-of-day look, we see behind and beyond the Hollywood faÃ§ade and right into the eyes of people, just like ourselves.”
Maggie Steber…former Director of Photography for the Miami Herald
Muhammad Ali front cover, Carl Reiner Paulina Rubio Eartha Kitt Hillary Clinton Madeleine Albright Ricky Martin Lil’ Wayne Donald Trump Rosie O’Donnell Thalia Dennis Rodman Dame Edna Mike Tyson George Foreman Anna Nicole Smith Clay Aiken Sting Paris Hilton Carmen Electra Michael Moore Bill Maher Reggie Jackson Alex Rodriguez Aaliyah Diddy Muhammad Ali Anthony Hopkins Leonard Nimoy Kevin James Lewis Black Bow Wow Ciara Grace Slick B. B. King Bonnie Raitt Buddy Guy Jimmy Page Johnny Winter Kathie Lee Gifford Kelly Ripa George Wallace Alan Alda Gilbert Gottfried Hulk Hogan Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Shaquille O’Neal Dwyane Wade Jewel Beetlejuice Judge Judy Sheindlin Larry Flynt Louis Farrakhan Jesse Jackson Arnold Newman Margaret Cho Cyndi Lauper Donny Osmond Lil’ Jon Bette Midler Liza Minnelli Verne Troyer Yoko Ono George H.W. Bush Tommy Lee Jones Jennifer Love Hewitt Andy Garcia Tori Spelling Shannen Doherty Bruce Villanch Dave Barry Annie Leibovitz Ian Anderson Jose Feliciano Patti LaBelle Brian Wilson Frankie Valli Ja Rule James Brown Pitbull Gloria Estefan Sandra Bernhard Tammy Faye Messner Penelope Cruz Mia Farrow Larry Csonka Tiger Woods Pamela Anderson Cher Joan Rivers
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