The Daily Edit – Wednesday 9.28.11

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Harvard Business Review

Creative Director: James de Vries

Art Director: Karen Player

Photographer:Andrew Kist

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Heidi: It looks like he is on a ledge, was he reluctant to hop up on top of it?

Andrew: He was not even remotely reluctant.  He’s pretty athletic and I think he had been photographed so many times that he enjoyed the prospect of doing something a little different.

How much time did you have with him?
He was very accommodating and gave us 3 or 4 hours but I didn’t need all of that time.  I think he realizes that if you give yourself to the process instead of fighting it, things just come out better for everyone involved, and it takes less time.

Did he have a variety of expressions? He looks rather serious
HBR chose this particular frame, but he was really lively and friendly.  IT was actually difficult to get a frame where he didn’t look friendly and affable.

Typically business men are hard to shoot, what was the most interesting aspect about the subject? Did the conversation flow?
I’ve been shooting portraits for magazines since 1998, a good number of them, portraits of business men and I can safely say I’ve never had a more conversational and really fascinating subject.  I had to keep putting the camera down to talk because the conversation was more interesting than the pictures. He has written a number of books and is kind of like the Malcom Gladwell of business and efficiency, not typically very interesting subjects, but he is interested in everything and was fascinating to talk to.

Heidi Volpe

There Are 3 Comments On This Article.

  1. Nice Photo and location. Not to be picky though, I find the lighting scheme interesting, shadow from his left yet the right side of the face is nice and bright and not in shadow. The sun is fairly overhead when you look at the background. Just curious on the set up.

  2. thanks for posting this in this section of your daily edit. photographing business people is really hard at times, it’s hard to get something fun and exciting.