Master Series Lecture - Gregory Heisler
Gregory Heisler relates the story of photographing Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis in large format black & white infrared for Life Magazine.
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.
His new book, Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits, will be published by Random House/Amphoto this coming fall.
From one of Gregory's students:
"Heisler has so much experience to draw from and so many real world examples to share. It opens up the possibilities. I'm thrilled to get back to work with these new skills."
- David S. Holloway, Brooklyn, NY