portrait or a front-of-the-book fashion
shoot, then once you trust them you try
them on a bigger well story.
PDN: What qualities do you need to see in a
photographer’s work before you trust him or
her with an assignment?
GG: I tend to look for a few things. Lighting
is most important. In the digital age some
people think they can forget about lighting
and fix it in post, but I like to see beautiful
light captured in camera. Also I look for
interesting framing. Some photographers
just have a warped vision, so the way they
frame a photo is interesting. Someone
like Chris Buck will frame things in an
interesting way and other photographers
wouldn’t do it that way.
I tend to go with someone who has
a sense of humor and an energy to their
photos. It depends on the story whether
that fits or not.
Originality: Something you haven’t seen
before, or someone who is shooting things
in a way you haven’t seen before. I tend
to see a ton of nudes in portfolios. People
will photograph a naked person against
a wall and think that’s enough to make
it interesting. But nudes have been done
throughout the history of photography. So
if you don’t have an interesting take on it, a
naked person is not enough, I’m afraid.
PDN: Do you like to meet with
GG: Sometimes I don’t have that luxury. This
week I had shoots in Belgium and in Hawaii.
I shoot a lot in Paris and London and don’t
TOP: Garry suggested this story about Robert De Niro and the documentary he made about his father,
an artist who had never shared his sexuality with his son; he then hired Platon to photograph the subject.
RIGH T: Michael Muller photographed actor Neil Patrick Harris for the April 2014 cover of Out. © O