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Gregory Heisler b. 1954
Gregory Heisler is a portrait photographer whose work has been published on the covers of several magazines, some of his most notable work being published by Time magazine. Heisler is currently dedicating his time to teaching the wonders and the secrets of portrait photography and photography in general to students who are passionate about the subject. He can be found at the Syracuse University and he is a distinguished photography professor.

Gregory Heisler to Join Newhouse faculty in Fall 2014
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 // Renowned photographer Gregory Heisler will join the

Photographer Gregory Heisler teaches students at Newhouse.
Photographer Gregory Heisler teaches students at Newhouse. That impressionable young student was professor and photographer Gregory Heisler. And lucky for countless admirers of his profound body of work-and now the Newhouse School-Heisler did not take those words to heart. His love of photography was just too great, Heisler says, and he forged ahead, building a career that is widely admired and celebrated today. And no wonder as Heisler has shot more than 70 covers for Time magazine and his work has appeared in countless other publications. So at the end of the summer of 2014 Heisler and his fiancée moved to Syracuse from Western Massachusetts, where he'd been working part time as a professor at the Hallmark Institute of Photography. During his first two weeks here, Heisler bought a historic house in DeWitt, got married and started at Newhouse. "I was a photographer who teaches," he says. Talk with Heisler about what and how he teaches, however, and you won't hear phrases like "good pictures" or "bad technique. Instead he sounds more akin to a coach or even a yoga teacher. "(Students) have to bring something to the party but it's my job to get them very excited and super duper interested and curious and make them want to work twice as hard as they've ever worked before," he says. Sure, Heisler is working to ensure his students understand how to use their cameras-and how to create and control light-but more importantly, he wants them to be inspired by their photos. Their pictures should communicate a message, both from the photographer and from the subject. The work should tell a story, not just look good, he says. Heisler says he wants his students to love photography. If they love it, everything else has the potential to fall into place, he says. "You have to be passionate about it," he says. And Heisler's office, on the top floor of Newhouse 1, decorated in bright orange carpeting, classic cameras and historic photos of and by Heisler favorites, is a revolving door of students seeking his help and advice. Heisler says he has tried to expose students to what the real world will be like after graduation. He encourages students to focus on what they love, and that making a living will follow. "It's a little surprising how worried the students are about what's next," he says. For that reason, Heisler has opened his Rolodex for students. He has arranged for many field trips to New York City to meet with prominent photographers, and students say he's a wealth of knowledge and networking. And that photography advice Heisler received as an impressionable college student so many years ago still resonates. It's why he tells students just the opposite: keep at it, keep working, photography is very much alive and well. "That's what's cool about now," he says. "There are many, many, many possibilities and you just want people leaving (Newhouse) thinking it's possible and they can make it happen." Raising the bar Heisler's position on the Newhouse faculty is no accident. Strong, who runs the MPD department, was a student of Heisler's at the first-ever Eddie Adams Workshop nearly 30 years ago. "When I tell people, photographers, that Gregory Heisler is one of my professors, they either want to go to this school immediately or their jaw just drops and they say how the hell is he teaching there," Erlebacher says. To know Heisler is to know his amazing photography and now, his passion for teaching. But those who really know him also note his fun, goofy personality. During one of his first visits to Heisler's office, Erlebacher says he asked his professor about a tiny camera on one of the shelves. Erlebacher asked how the camera could even hold film and Heisler encouraged him to pick it up and examine it more closely. "I'm hoping forever," Heisler says.

A magazine cover shot by Gregory Heisler, distinguished professor of photography in the Newhouse School, was recognized with a prestigious Henry R. Luce Award from Time Inc.
Gregory Heisler Gregory Heisler Heisler's photograph appeared on the cover of the "Boston Strong" issue of Sports Illustrated, which was named Cover of the Year. "It was an amazing shoot," says Heisler. "By far the largest group of people I've ever had to photograph! It shows, I think, their incredible spirit and resiliency." Heisler captured the crowd of 3,000 people who had gathered at the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street in Boston in April 2014 to celebrate the city's resilience a year after the Boston Marathon bombings. Heisler is perhaps best known for his more than 70 cover portraits for Time magazine. His iconic portraits and innovative visual essays have graced the covers and pages of many other magazines, including Life, Esquire, Fortune, GQ, Geo, Sports Illustrated, ESPN and the New York Times Magazine. He is the recipient of the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award and the Leica Medal of Excellence, and has been profiled in American Photo, Communication Arts, Esquire, LIFE and numerous other industry publications. He is the author of "Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits."

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Syracuse University News > > Gregory Heisler to Join Newhouse faculty in Fall 2014 Syracuse UniversityNews Gregory Heisler to Join Newhouse faculty in Fall 2014 Renowned photographer Gregory Heisler will join the Newhouse School as a Distinguished Professor of photography in the Department of Multimedia Photography and Design. Gregory Heisler Gregory Heisler Heisler is well-known for his portraits of leaders in business, government, science, sports and the arts. His work has appeared on more than 70 TIME magazine covers, as well as on the covers of LIFE magazine, Esquire, Gentleman's Quarterly, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated and the New York Times Magazine. Heisler has also photographed major advertising campaigns for clients including American Express, Intel, Ford, Subaru, Dewar's, Merrill Lynch, U.S. Surgical and Nike.

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