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Max’s Icon: Gerard Malanga

Max’s Icon: Gerard Malanga

“It wasn’t the music per se that inspired me, or the imagery behind it that factored into my photography. In fact, it was the last thing on my mind. I just felt it was important to at least document the milieu that I was a part of because what was happening was important. Photographing musicians was like photographing anyone else, especially if the person liked being photographed…In my approach I try to photograph someone who is obviously conscious of being photographed while reaching a moment where it’s all the more natural without seeming conscious. That’s the best I can describe it and that’s the best kind of portrait. Dick Avedon, a good friend, and I shared a similar approach, though in the end he was a more controlled photographer and more controlling of his subject whereas I try to ease my subject into a more relaxed situation where the kind of effect I’m looking for has a better chance of succeeding. I try to be kind without being too kind. What’s to be gained if the subject you photograph comes away from the encounter with a bad feeling about it? Art should be fun if it’s to be art at all.” – Gerard Malanga

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Photo by Jack Mitchell, 1970