By Deb A.
Robert Zuckerman is a photographer who doesn't take photographs.
Nor does he shoot his subjects, or capture an image.
The problem is one of linguistics rather than logic: 'taking' and 'shooting' and the like are too aggressive for Mr. Zuckerman's taste. He rejects the implicit notion that the photographer's subject stands passively by as his or her image is, for a moment in time, removed and recorded. Instead, he prefers to emphasize collaboration, suggesting to those who end up in front of his lens: "let's make a photo together."
His approach and the results made him a popular figure on film sets; a Hollywood photographer for over a decade, Mr. Zuckerman retired from the film industry, but not from his art, after being diagnosed with a rare disorder of the nervous system. While his portfolio is best known for his portraits of actors such as Oscar winners Al Pacino and Helen Mirren as well as his Kindsight images of everyday people, a handful of some very influential artists and writers have also joined Robert Zuckerman in making pictures together, with powerful results.
The key is in not taking photos.
All images via robertzuckerman.com.
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