Michael Grecco brings a seasoned eye and impeccable technique to his celebrity portraiture. The L.A.-based photographer divulges his shooting secrets in an exciting new monograph from Watson Guptill, Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait (right). The book is essentially a series of master classes in how Grecco produced some of his most successful images, each accompanied by a detailed lighting diagram. So when we heard that the photographer had recently created a portrait of Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese for a story in OnDirecTV magazine (now called Access), we asked him to tell us how he did it, using his new book's winning format.
Here is a chapter of Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait prepared exclusively for American Photo visitors.
-- The Editors
When David Hill, the President of DirecTV, asked me if I would shoot Martin Scorsese for the cover of their magazine, OnDirecTV (now called Access), I was honored. I also knew it would be a tough assignment and that I was only going to be given 45 minutes. In that time I had to do a sequence of images for his ongoing column in the magazine, shoot enough still images to insert into the television commercial, and make a killer cover image. The good thing is that I knew what I wanted. I wanted the image to speak of Manhattan and the "mean streets" of New York, which so many of Scorsese's films are associated with.