The Story Behind Albert Watson’s Portrait of Steve Jobs

Discussion in 'Photographers' started by M.A.Longmore, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. M.A.Longmore

    M.A.Longmore Subscriber

    Messages:
    1,886
    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Location:
    New York
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
  2. sandermarijn

    sandermarijn Member

    Messages:
    769
    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2005
    Location:
    Leiden, Neth
    Shooter:
    35mm
    Thanks for the link. I had no idea that this wasn't a digital capture (after all, what else to expect in the case of Jobs?).

    As much as Jobs may have liked this portrait, I always felt that there was something wrong with the presence of the hand. Almost as if it were somebody else's and/or added later. It seems too big, too prominent, too much not-his.

    As far as the intensity in the eyes goes- yes, that's recorded quite brilliantly. No wonder Jobs was happy with it.

    Sander
     
  3. zsas

    zsas Member

    Messages:
    1,957
    Joined:
    May 12, 2011
    Location:
    Chicago, IL
    Shooter:
    35mm RF
    I love the hand, reference to Rodin's The Thinker
     
  4. 36cm2

    36cm2 Member

    Messages:
    594
    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2008
    Location:
    Northeast U.
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    This is fantastic. All you wet plate collodianists and daguerrotypists stay near your iphones... Bill Gates will be calling shortly.
     
  5. Markster

    Markster Member

    Messages:
    307
    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2010
    Location:
    Denver area
    Shooter:
    35mm
    Good photo. Direct. Head-on. No 1/3 or angle like some might go for. Head down, eyes up. The hand works. It's akin to a power gesture as well as a reference to his intelligence. It's more natural than a single finger tapping the chin as some might try if they were faking the process of deep thought. It looks like the photographer knew what to say to get Jobs to do what he wanted, and then captured that.

    Definitely shows not just the subject, but a bit of the photographer in there as well.

    Definitely star material. Better than I take, for sure!
     
  6. Aristophanes

    Aristophanes Member

    Messages:
    505
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2011
    Shooter:
    35mm
    A hand stroking a beard is a common signal for thoughtfulness.

    Think different, indeed.

    Thanks for the backstory.
     
  7. MattKing

    MattKing Subscriber

    Messages:
    17,160
    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2005
    Location:
    Delta, BC, Canada
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    If you dig down through the links there is a correction for the date the portrait was made. The original link says 2008 - the correction says that it was 2006.

    It is a strong portrait.
     
  8. Jeff Kubach

    Jeff Kubach Member

    Messages:
    6,926
    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2007
    Location:
    Richmond VA.
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Very good picture!

    Jeff
     
  9. ajmiller

    ajmiller Subscriber

    Messages:
    509
    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2007
    Location:
    North Yorkshire, UK
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    I found it interesting what Watson said to him during their session.
     
  10. billbretz

    billbretz Member

    Messages:
    243
    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2007
    Shooter:
    Multi Format