I’m not a magazine pack rat. Caroline, our product manager, keeps all of her magazines. Stacks and stacks. Reads every single word. But not me. Magazines are heavy, and once I’ve flipped through a few times, I throw them in the recycling bin.
But there is one issue of one magazine that I keep every year, and that is the Great Performers issue of the New York Times Magazine as we approach Oscar time. As you migth recall, I love movies.
The team of Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadi shot the portfolio for a few years, and ragged copies of these issues lie in my room waiting to be viewed over and over again. So in 2007, I was a little bummed that they switched it up by going with a slew of photographers, one of whom was Magnum Photo’s Paolo Pellegrin. He shot this one of Maggie Cheung:
From the moment I opened the multimedia piece, I was blown away. Let me show you what I mean. Here’s Kate Winslet, and oh, Leo in the foreground. I thought “hey, really nice reportage.”
Then I saw Robert Downey, Jr. and I had to pick up my jaw from the floor. Did we just fall into a Gregory Crewdson one-frame movie? Holy crap. This is an awesome portrait. (and is that a PX90 body?)
This stuff is inspired. Here’s Kat Denning. Michael Cera is under the water (I kid).
And my heart stopped for 2 beats when I saw this one.
Go see the whole series with audio commentary, and buy the newspaper too.
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