Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits
Stories and Techniques from a Photographer's Photographer
Gregory Heisler & Michael R. Bloomberg
This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device, and with iTunes on your computer. Books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
In this first-ever showcase of his work, Gregory Heisler, one of professional photography's most respected practitioners, shares 50 iconic portraits of celebrities, athletes, and world leaders, along with fascinating, thoughtful, often humorous stories about how the images were made. From his famously controversial portrait of President George H.W. Bush (which led to the revocation of Heisler’s White House clearance) to his evocative post-9/11 Time magazine cover of Rudolph Giuliani, to stunning portraits of Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, Hillary Clinton, Michael Phelps, Muhammad Ali, and many more, Heisler reveals the creative and technical processes that led to each frame. For Heisler’s fans and all lovers of photography, Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits offers not only a gorgeous collection of both black-and-white and color portraits, but an engrossing look at the rarely seen art of a master photographer at work. With a foreword by New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
Not a technical manual
I'm always hesitant to buy photography books on an iOS device because it's not always suited to the medium - a photo designed to be printed on a large-format two-page spread can't always be appreciated on a tablet or phone.
In this case, though, it almost doesn't matter, because in a strange way, the book is not about the photos. The book is about the stories. Each portrait has two "chapters" - one which talks about why the photo was taken or how it came about, and the other about some of the techniques and equipment that were used. It's never really about the technical stuff though (the settings used for each portrait are even relegated to the back of the book); rather, it's about the thoughts and knowledge that were brought to bear in each situation.
I have learned more from this book than I have from any other photography book, and it's one that I'll enjoy reading again simply because it's entertaining, honest, and chock-full of what almost feel like one-on-one "teaching moments."