INTERVIEW BY HOLLY STUART HUGHES
What’s In at Out
Greg Garry has been photo director at Out magazine since
2012, and also works as a freelance art director, stylist and
writer. After college he embarked on a career in TV and film,
working for Sesame Street, MTV and VH1 as well as on
several independent films before he moved into magazine
publishing. He has created and assigned photography for
many pop culture titles, including Wallpaper*, HomeStyle,
O, the Oprah Magazine, Flaunt, Budget Living, Radar and
Complex. He talked to PDN about assigning photography
for Out, and how all his creative projects fit together.
COUR TES Y OF GREG GARR Y
PDN: What’s the editorial mission of Out, and what role does
photography play in the magazine?
Greg Garry: Out magazine is a gay men’s fashion and pop
culture magazine, kind of like GQ but with a gay slant. We
cover fashion, politics, culture, health, gay, lesbian and
Photography is our best foot forward. We assign almost
all of it. The majority of what I assign is beautiful portraits
of celebrities, models, designers. We shoot a fair amount of
fashion, both for the feature well and the front of the book.
We have several still lifes in the front of the book, including
accessories and some food and drink. Sometimes I’ll do
a photo-illustrative still life to set a mood or illustrate a
point. We did a story about the new drug, Truvada, an HIV
medication that people are using as prophylactic AIDS
prevention. I assigned Greg Broom to shoot a condom wrapper
with a pill exploding out of it. We did a story on gay TV, and
Jeff Minton photographed a TV dripping in pink paint.
PDN: Are you using a regular stable of contributors?
GG: Part of the fun for me is to find new people. I don’t
understand when photo editors don’t take meetings. It
would be extremely boring for me if I just had contract
photographers and called the same two people every month.
Why have a photo editor? In that case, have a robot do it.
I’ve been in the business a long time, so there are a stable
of people I know and trust, and I will go after the big guns
for a big story. But the joy of it is to foster new talent, to pull
in new people. They have fresh eyes, and they’re not jaded.
If they’ve had a fair amount of photo experience and
they’ve shot bigger stories and you can see from the
portfolio that they “get it,” then you can tell that they’ll do
a good job. But most times, first you give them a smaller
ABOVE: Actor George Takei, Out photo director Greg Garry and a bear
rug. RIGHT: Musician Debbie Harry, a hero of Garry’s, photographed by
Ruven Afanador for the April 2014 issue of Out.
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