Greg Heisler: The Appropriate Response
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)
Los Angeles, CA
This free lecture is brought to you by Samy's Camera, Canon, and APA-LA. Food and drinks will be provided.
In this stimulating presentation, Gregory Heisler will inspire you to change gears: to think more about "why" than "how" as you create your images. Employing an incredibly broad array of photographic skills, he has always sought fresh and innovative approaches to his portrait assignments and commissions. As a "Canon Explorer of Light," he's worked with the latest 35mm digital cameras, yet he still loves his vintage Graflexes and Deardorffs. He has enjoyed working with formats from half-frame 35mm all the way to the 20x24-inch Polaroid, optics ranging from 19th-century portrait lenses all the way to the latest multicoated glass optimized for digital photography, and every type of light available: sophisticated strobe setups, myriad combinations of tungsten, fluorescent, and HMI sources, stuff from Home Depot… even the headlights of his car!
But his choices are always carefully thought-out in response to specific subjects and circumstances. Otherwise, he believes, the images become empty exercises in technique.
With his well-known candor, insight, and humor, Gregory will take you on a guided tour of his imagery as he illuminates not just the "who, what, when, and where" but far more importantly, the "why" of his own unique approach to image making.
Gregory Heisler is a photographer and educator renowned for his technical mastery and thoughtful responsiveness. His enthusiasm, curiosity, and drive are manifested in his hands-on approach to all aspects of the image making process.
His iconic portraits and innovative visual essays have graced the covers and pages of many magazines, including LIFE, ESQUIRE, GENTLEMEN'S QUARTERLY, GEO, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, ESPN, and THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, yet he is perhaps best known for his more than seventy cover portraits for TIME magazine. He has also photographed advertising campaigns for such clients as American Express, Benson & Hedges, Dewar's, Merrill Lynch, and Nike.
Private portrait commissions are another important focus of Gregory's work. The first photographic portrait for New York's City Hall was his lithographic print of Mayor Edward I. Koch. Most recently, Gregory completed large-scale portraits of noted authors and actors on display at the National Arts Club in New York City.
Among the many kudos he has received are the Alfred Eisenstadt Award and the Leica Medal of Excellence. Gregory has been profiled in AMERICAN PHOTO, COMMUNICATION ARTS, ESQUIRE, LIFE, and numerous industry periodicals.
As a sought-after speaker and educator, he has taught at scores of workshops and seminars throughout the country and overseas. Gregory is currently Artist-in-Residence at Hallmark Institute of Photography. In the fall of 2014, he will assume a new post as Distinguished Professor of Photography at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
His bestselling new book, Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits, was released by Random House/Amphoto in October 2013, and is now in its second printing.
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