For four decades, Greg Gorman (born 1949) has photographed celebrities in his signature black and white style. "For me a photograph is most successful when it doesn't answer all the questions, and it leaves something to be desired." From Bette Davis and Leonardo DiCaprio to David Hockney and Philip Johnson, the exquisite tonal range of Gorman's photographs invite viewers to look closer, to share a moment of intimacy and deeply felt humanity.
Chance changed the course of Gorman's life. "I borrowed a friend's camera in 1968 to photograph a rock concert in Kansas City, my hometown. The next morning I processed the pictures in a friend's darkroom, and when I saw them coming up in the developer, I was hooked." Gorman photographed the sixties rock movement, before earning a Masters in Cinematography from USC. In the 1970s, he began to photograph the new generation of actors, many of whom went on to become world famous. He further expanded his photographic interests to include music videos, advertising, documentaries, and nudes.
Gorman's recent monograph, The Odes to Pindar, a limited edition of 11 platinum prints, was published in 2007.