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Gregory Heisler

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Photographer

Local Address: New York, United States
 
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Gregory Heisler Contributor's Website: click here Tags Associated with this Contributor Tags: advertisingjournalismportraitsgregory heisler
Gregory Heisler is a New York-based photographer whose technical mastery and thoughtful responsiveness allow him to creatively interpret an unusually broad range of subjects.
He is perhaps best known for the more than fifty Time magazine cover portraits he has created, yet his trademark editorial portrait covers and essays for Life, Sports Illustrated, Gentlemen's Quarterly (GQ), Esquire, ESPN, House and Garden and The New York Times Magazine have also received wide acclaim. He has photographed award-winning advertising campaign's for American Express, Benson & Hedges, Dewar's Profiles, Nike, Merrill Lynch, and Zocor.
Gregory has been profiled in magazine articles in Esquire, Communication Arts, Life, and numerous industry periodicals. Among the kudos he has received are the ASMP Corporate Photographer of the Year Award (1986), the Leica Medal of Excellence (1988), the World Image Award (1991), and the Alfred Eisenstadt Award (2000).
Gregory is a sought-after lecturer and teacher at scores of international seminars. Nationally, he has taught at the International Center of Photography (ICP) and The New School for Social Research, the National Geographic Society, The Smithsonian Institution (Masters of Still Photography Program), the William A. Reedy Memorial Lecture series, and in the Master of Fine Arts Program at New York's School of Visual Arts.
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Photographer Gregory Heisler admits that the process of making a portrait is fraught with unease.
The sitter, Heisler says, doesn't want to face reality. For the photographer, that's all there is.
Greg Heisler has spent a quarter century photographing covers for Time, Life and Sports Illustrated.
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The photographer who captured the images is Gregory Heisler, who was raised in Chicago and worked decades in New York before moving to Easthampton.
Heisler, who shot 70 "Time" covers now in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, has been the artist in residence at Hallmark School of Photography in Montague since 2009.
His first book on his craft, "Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits: Stories and Techniques From a Photographer's Photographer," not only displays the breadth of his work but explains the creative and technical tradecraft that made it possible.
At a recent book signing at White Square Books on Cottage Street in Easthampton, Heisler gave a glimpse of what's in his book.
He has photographed a wide range of figures including politicians, artists and athletes while working in New York as an editorial photographer. "Most of what I've done for 35 years is for magazines," he said.
Planning, persistence, creativity and flexibility all play a part in getting the picture. In one case he described, luck had a role.
The cover shot of the book could be considered Exhibit A for his work. Heisler was shooting his first black and white essay to accompany a "Sports Illustrated" story about the people who had comprised Muhammad Ali's inner circle.
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"You can have the best laid plans but you have to be able to hang a left if the opportunity provides it," Heisler said.
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The photographer who captured the images is Gregory Heisler, who was raised in Chicago and worked decades in New York before moving to Easthampton.
Heisler, who shot 70 "Time" covers now in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, has been the artist in residence at Hallmark School of Photography in Montague since 2009.
His first book on his craft, "Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits: Stories and Techniques From a Photographer's Photographer," not only displays the breadth of his work but explains the creative and technical tradecraft that made it possible.
At a recent book signing at White Square Books on Cottage Street in Easthampton, Heisler gave a glimpse of what's in his book.
He has photographed a wide range of figures including politicians, artists and athletes while working in New York as an editorial photographer. "Most of what I've done for 35 years is for magazines," he said.
Planning, persistence, creativity and flexibility all play a part in getting the picture. In one case he described, luck had a role.
The cover shot of the book could be considered Exhibit A for his work. Heisler was shooting his first black and white essay to accompany a "Sports Illustrated" story about the people who had comprised Muhammad Ali's inner circle.
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"You can have the best laid plans but you have to be able to hang a left if the opportunity provides it," Heisler said.
"Once you go out on location anything can happen. My goal was to bring the control of the studio outside into the world."
The control of the studio was brought to an old farmhouse in Berrien Springs, Mich., where Heisler was shooting a picture of Muhammad Ali for "Sports Illustrated."
Heisler said Ali had joked with them and shown them card tricks, but while they were setting up their lights, he retreated into a silent, peaceful state Heisler attributed to his Parkinson's disease. Heisler described it in the book as a "powerful aloneness."
"I want to get across his sense of isolation," Heisler said.
He posed Ali standing alone in a snowy farm field. Light falls on Ali's face but the farm building are dim in the background. "This looks like moonlight but it was actually shot at 4 in the afternoon," said Heisler, who went on to describe how strobe lights helped create the effect.
Luck came into play when Heisler was shooting Olympian Greg Louganis in Florida for a "Life" photo essay on 1984 gold medal winners who were headed for the 1988 Olympics.
Heisler said he wanted to convey the time distortion athletes describe when they are performing. The camera he was using didn't have a motor drive for shooting rapid sequences.
"The first thing he said to me is I can only give you five dives. Heisler said Louganis had done something like 100 dives the week before for a swimwear ad.
Louganis explained the 10-meter dives are dangerous. He could hit his head on the platform. He could hit the water at the wrong angle and break his neck. (Louganis got a concussion after hitting his head during the 1988 competition in Seoul, South Korea.)
Louganis dived five times so fast, "I never saw him," Heisler said.
The shoot was over until a boy who had been in the pool asked to have his picture taken with Louganis.
"This is your lucky day," Heisler said Louganis said to him. Louganis dived one more time while the boy jumped. It was the one picture Heisler got.
The portrait has a dreamy quality, showing a descending Louganis, head down, arms outstretched, toes pointed, with the little boy following, feet first.
"It's a miracle," Heisler said of capturing the shot.
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"I think both faces are really nice," said Heisler, but the editorial context cast a negative pall.
He went back to the White House three months later for an assignment and learned his clearance was revoked. Years later he photographer George W. Bush as president.
Heisler said he transitioned from New York after being contacted by Hallmark to teach there. Instead of commuting, he decided to move to Western Massachusetts, eventually settling in Easthampton.
"By teaching there, I had time to work on this book," Heisler said.
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