“Greg Gorman says that ‘A great photograph asks as many questions as it answers.’ The questions posed by his black-and-white prints have to do with the nature of celebrity and our desire to see through the public persona of entertainers to the private individuals within. Gorman’s highly considered portraits of actors and musicians, young and old, hot and cool, evoke character while deploying elements of both mystery and revelation.”
—Robin Laurence, Preview Magazine, September/October 2013
For over four decades, Greg Gorman has continued to master the art of photography. From celebrity portraits and advertising campaigns to magazine layouts and fine art, Gorman has developed and showcased a discriminating and unique style in his profession. Gorman’s work documents that peculiar obsession of the twenty-first-century celebrity. His photography is timeless and not confined to has-beens, hot properties, and wannabes. Each shot gives a picture of human nature in its infinite range. Each picture is also a testament to the individual character. “For me a photograph is most successful when it doesn’t answer all the questions,” says Gorman, “and it leaves something to the imagination.”
In 1985, through the advice of illustrator Antonio Lopez, Gorman realized that he needed a creative outlet in addition to the commercial work that launched his career. He then began to expand his personal work exploring the human form and became a notable photographer for not only his celebrity portraiture but also his figure studies of the male and female nude.
When not shooting famous faces, Gorman travels the world for specialized photographic projects and continues to work on compilations of his imagery. A book of his photos for the award winning l.a. Eyeworks campaign, entitled Framed, was released in 2012. In the fall of 2009, Damiani Editore released In Their Youth: Early Portraits, which incorporates forty years of unpublished work. These join Gorman’s previously published books Greg Gorman Volume I, Greg Gorman Volume II, Inside Life, Perspectives, As I See It, Just Between Us, and a book of platinum prints entitled Odes to Pindar, published by the Journal of the 21st Century.
Gorman has been recognized for his contribution to the world of photography with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Professional Photographers of America, the Achievement in Portraiture Award from the Lucie Foundation, and the Pacific Design Center Stars of Design Award. He has also been acknowledged for his charitable works for the Elton John Aids Foundation, Aids Healthcare Foundation, Focus on Aids, the Oscar De La Hoya Foundation, Vox/Out Voices of Style + Design, PETA, Angel Art, and PawsLA