Thursday, February 26, 2009

Celebrities As Photographers

This evening, I was perusing my latest copy of American Photo, and there is a photograph of Keifer Sutherland in the oval office set on his series "24", alongside the other photographers, and the article (read it here) revealed that he is an avid photographer, and so on.

That got me to thinking, and thus, here is a partial list of people who I researched and determined were avid photographers based upon answers they have given to questions in interviews, or other biographical information, but who am I missing?

Dennis HopperShari BelafonteBrad Pitt
Leonard NimoyDavid BowieKeifer Sutherland
Richard GereSpike JonzeRoddy McDowell
Vigo MortensonPierce BrosnanRosie O'Donnel
Brendan FraserJennifer AnistonNikki Sixx
Tipper GoreAlyssa MilanoAaron Eckhart
SealJennifer BealsHelena Christensen
Lacey ChabertParvin DabasBryan Adams
Joel GreyAston KutcherJason Mraz
Gary BuseyKarl LagerfeldCindy Crawford
Martha StewartDrew CareyDiane Keaton
David BoreanazTabitha SorenAndy Sommers
Barry ZitoJamie Lee Curtis 
So, who am I missing?
(Your insights, after the Jump)



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47 comments:

matiokawa said...

Lou Reed.

John Birk said...

Barry Bonds. In fact he had the Canon Mark II N before it came out.

matiokawa said...

Jessica Lange just published her new book "50 Photographs".

Scott said...

Very interesting article - thank you for linking to it.

I like a fair number of the pictures they posted that Keifer took (along with the rest of the crew) and from reading the article it sounds like he has a good foundation in photography.
This quote right here: "With the still image it's the exact opposite. It allows your imagination to examine a moment rather than having it examined for you. As closely related as they are, the still imagery of photography is almost the polar opposite to me of telling a story through moving film."

THAT is not a quote of a "snapshot" photographer...

Josh Freeman said...

Jeff Bridges, he had an exhibit at San Diego's MoPA back in 04/05

Anonymous said...

Who really cares? John, you're too obsessed with celebrity and fame.

John Harrington said...

Actually, I care, which is why I asked. So, if you want to dismiss my inquiry, feel free, but I look forward to those of you who make additions to this list!

Thanks!

Duane said...

Kenny Rogers

Dave Prelosky said...

Billy Payne, keyboard wiz from Little Feat

Anonymous said...

You say you were perusing the latest copy of American Photo but the link goes to popphoto.com......

phil said...

http://alecsothblog.wordpress.com/2007/01/21/quiz-name-the-photographer/

alec soth has just what you're looking for. unfortunately, the image that his name-the-celebrity-photographer quiz references is no longer linked now that his blog is done. but you can get a good idea of who's who in the comments. maybe a bit of sleuthing could find the contact sheet image?

-phil

John Klijnen said...

Bill Wyman

John Harrington said...

Anonymous -

Yes, I did say American Photo, and when you follow that link, you see that it's both AmericanPhotoMag.com and PopPhoto.com - as noted in the links at the top left of the page...

-- John

Anonymous said...

Graham Nash

Tuffer said...

I used to hate celbrity photographers without even considering thier work. Who likes artists who get access and publicity in a new arena simply because they are famous in another.

Well, while that still bothers me (based, of course, on jealousy!), I had to admit it doesn't mean their work is not really good. In particular, I respect Bryan Adams fashion work. Perhaps because, often his fame is shown in nothing more than his name in the byline, as opposed to JEFF BRIDGES book with a gimic camera

thechrisproject said...

Sammy Davis, Jr.

http://www.amazon.com/Photo-Sammy-Davis-Burt-Boyar/dp/0061146056

Richard Kizirian said...

Don Imus and Fred Imus published a book called
"TWO GUYS FOUR CORNERS"

Anonymous said...

Ben Folds

Anonymous said...

Eric Clapton

Walter Rowe said...

Delmar Watson, a child star in the early days of motion pictures. He and several siblings were all child stars and later became professional photographers.

http://www.delmarwatsonphotos.com/



Mikhail Baryshnikov, also professional ballet dancer.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/23/arts/dance/23maca.html

Anonymous said...

In the world of classical music, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato,
http://yankeediva.blogspot.com
and conductor Eric Melear,
http://melear-o-sphere.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Leonard Nimoy has been seriously into black and white photography for years. (Some photos NSFW, so you can google if interested).

Anonymous said...

Ann Curry of the Today Show.

Anonymous said...

Tift Merritt. Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull) is an avid collector of Leicas and other vintage cameras but I'm not sure how much and how seriously he shoots.

Anonymous said...

Marty Stuart

- ALP Images - said...

Sofia Coppola

Chicago photographer said...

Rob Morrow, formerly of Northern Exposure, and now Numb3rs, was a bit of a shooter for a while.

Anonymous said...

Brett Micheals

Dave C said...

Sen. Howard Baker

Anonymous said...

Come on. Years ago, it was widely reported that 10 percent of America's population considered themselves to be avid photographers. Photography is one of the most popular hobbies around. And this was back in the days of expensive film and processing.

Today, every teenager with a cell phone can consider themselves an avid photographer simply because they take so many pictures of each other for their Facebook pages, blog sites, etc.

Many art galleries would be thrilled to present a supposed fine art "show" of similar photos from a celebrity's phone. Just because you're a celebrity doesn't necessarily mean you're a good photographer (although there certainly are some). Neither does being a good photographer necessarily mean one is "celebrity" material.

Anonymous said...

Who cares?

Is knowing what celebrities take pictures going to help me grow my business?

That's the reason I stopped subscribing to that rag; I got tired of seeing all these celebrities in the issues and not enough "real" photographers being featured between those pages.

Katie said...

Aaron Ruell. Not a huge celebrity but I love his photos. He played the brother in Napoleon Dynamite.
http://www.aruell.com/

On one of the LOST season DVDs, Matthew Fox had a series of Holga photos he took during filming.

Frank said...

Yul Brenner was damn good: http://www.amazon.com/Yul-Brynner-Photographer-Victoria/dp/0810931443

Alan Arbus was Diane Arbus's husband who was the principal of their photo studio -- he taught Diane photography.

I suspect that a lot of photographers would make good actors too.

Anonymous said...

John Mayer

FYI It's Andy Summers not Sommers. Andy pulled out his camera many times at the end of concerts during the reunion tour to take shots of the crowd. I've got photos of him taking photos from the stage.

Nacho said...

Penelope Cruz

LeggNet said...

Drew Barrymore

LINK

steve lefkovits said...

Gregory Hines. I photographed him back in the early 1990's and as I recall he had a medium format setup and knew a ton about lighting and portraiture.

PhotoGuru said...

Actual good photographers- you are missing good photographers.

Being silly of course and in all seriousness, there are some decent celeb photogs, but come on, they don't need the publicity.

We do.

Ask 100 people to name a great photographer living today. Most will name Ansel Adams.

I plan to change that. Now all I need is a disaster, a fake baby-saving video, and my portfolio.

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John Mayer is a Leica fanatic!

Denver Photographer said...

Tim Daly. I have a picture of him with a Nikon DSLR taking a picture of me photographing him during the DNC this summer.

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Anonymous said...

David Lynch is a great photographer...

Brandon D. said...

I know this is a little late, but I found it interesting that Aaron Eckhart (who's on your original list) claimed that he shoots, develops, and prints black and white film in an interview on the Jimmy Kimmel Show.

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