This portrait of film critic Dave Kehr was the first or second editorial shot I ever made. I was Associate Art Director at American PHOTO Magazine at the time and word on the street was that magazines were going to start folding at a rapid clip. (Extreme accuracy and word on the street are not always the same but in this instance it was the gospel truth). I didn’t want to transition into web design so I started begging my bosses for portrait assignments. I wanted to try and understand what being a photographer meant and they were kind enough to let me out of the office for a couple hours every so often. (Thanks Deborah, thanks Dave!)
What I didn’t understand about being a photographer then is that pictures take on a life of their own after you make them. This picture has run many many times since being made as Dave Kehr seems to like it. His recent appointment to the Museum of Modern Art as Adjunct Curator in the Department of Film means it is being used again in perhaps my favorite usage so far… This time with the MOMA logo nearby which makes me just so happy.