Greg Gorman isn't star struck. He couldn't be, after more than 40 years photographing celebrities for publicity stills, magazine features and movie posters. You name an A-lister, he's done 'em.
isn't star struck. He couldn't be, after more than 40 years photographing celebrities for publicity stills, magazine features and movie posters. You name an A-lister, he's done 'em.
In 1968, Gorman borrowed a friend's camera to photograph a Jimi Hendrix concert in his hometown of Kansas City and was hooked.
He started making bold-faced contacts in the 1970s while doing head shots for actors. ``I got to spend the day doing something I really enjoyed and still putting a few dollars in my pocket.''
See a retrospective of his favorite shoots starting Wednesday through March 18 at the Design Center of the Americas in Dania Beach. Gorman discussed some of his subjects. Robert De Niro:
``He was great to photograph, a really nice guy, but I think Bob is more comfortable having a low profile. He's not a schmoozer.''Leonardo DiCaprio:
``He's so relaxed in front of a camera, just a really focused person by nature. And he has a great sense of humor. People who are humor-impaired aren't very interesting.''Keanu Reeves:
``I asked, `What do you want to do?' He said, `I'd really like to ride my motorcycle.' So we drove like an hour up to the Hollywood Hills . . . he starts changing his clothes [with no underwear] and kept saying, `Shoot it, shoot it!' It was kind of wild, but really fun, spontaneous and loose.'' Tom Cruise:
``I don't have much to say about him. He's terribly professional. Do I know or understand the man? Not really. But he turns in a good job and comes to work and does it and does it very well. I don't think he's an easy person to get to know. I'm not sure he really knows himself.'' Meryl Streep:
``A class act. There's a cool picture of her in the exhibit. Her with her eyes closed, with her hands underneath her chin. It's a big head shot. I like to get very in close, to get in their psyche.''Johnny Depp:
``He's dynamite, with a wicked sense of humor. We both share an extreme passion for wine.''
-- MADELEINE MARR For exhibit info and how to purchase tickets for the VIP preview gala 7 p.m. Tuesday e-mail market email@example.com.