have the budget to meet photographers
there. I quietly stalk them online. I have
many, many websites bookmarked on my
computer and I have them organized by
location. I can say, ok, this person is doing
great work in Paris, so when the perfect
shoot comes up, I assign them. You get an
idea of their career and capabilities.
I also have a network of other photo
editors and art buyers. We help each other
out. That’s one of the benefits of Facebook—
it’s a canvassing tool, and it helps you find
photographers all over the world.
I do like to meet with photographers.
You can sense if their personalities will jibe
with a photo shoot. But of course the work
is number one. I’ve been known to work
with difficult photographers if I liked their
work. Not as much as in the old days.
PDN: We hear that a lot: “In the old days,
you could be a jerk, but not any more.”
GG: In the old days, bad behavior was
encouraged, I think. When I first started
out it seemed like everyone was doing
drugs and drinking on shoots, and the days
would stretch until midnight. Now we just
want to get the work done and go home.
PDN: Are there assignments you’ve worked on recently that you’re
particularly proud of?
GG: My favorite recent assignment was for the June issue,
the first time I’d been nervous around a celebrity in a long time. I
was reading about the Sundance Film Festival and saw that he had
directed a documentary about his gay
father. A few months later, I read that HBO
had bought the rights. We have a close
working relationship with HBO. I called
the PR department, and they said he’s
available Tuesday. I called Platon. He was
on my wish list of people to work with.
So this was a dream subject and a dream
We met at Robert’s father’s studio
which is filled with his personal
belongings and all of his paintings. He was
totally down to earth and nice, and the
shoot was quick. Then the story blew up. It
was one of our most popular stories online.
One of the tasks that nearly kills me
every year is the Out 100. I’m gearing up
for the next one, catching up on sleep,
taking my vitamins. It’s like going to war.
I get one photographer to shoot the
entire portfolio: 100 people in multiple
locations. We shoot in studios but also in
homes, offices, bars.
We’re currently discussing who will
be in the 100 and the right photographer.
Last year Danielle Levitt shot it. The year
before it was shot by M Sharkey, and the
year before that it was Gavin Bond.
ABOVE: Kai Z Feng photographed a story about actor Daniel Radcliffe. BELOW: The photography duo JUCO (Julie
Galdo and Cody Cloud) photographed actress/singer Carol Channing in Palm Springs, California, for a recent
issue. In addition to assigning “beautiful portraits of celebrities, models, designers,” Garry says he is assigning
photographers to shoot fashion and still lifes.