Happy Birthday Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem

Back in 2006 I had the honor and privilege to photograph Gloria for the NPR series This I Believe.  There was no publicist or manager present. Just Gloria and I getting to know each other a bit as I photographed her. I’ve done this many times over my career.  The challenge for me is to try to make a compelling, honest portrait without too much directing.  Most often the best images are the result of a connection that emerges between us.  It is, after all, a collaboration.  Even so, you never know if you’ve  translated this connection successfully into a good photograph until it’s too late.

Toward the end of the session, I asked if she felt comfortable leaning forward, maybe putting her head in her hands. She messed around with it for a few minutes and said no, it didn’t feel natural.  Fair enough. We talked as I was crouched on the floor, packing up my gear. I looked up for a moment and there it was. She just gave it to me.  Happy Birthday Gloria Steinem.  And thank you!

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