Making a portrait of Mike Tyson
So this another shot that I did in the Catskills of a young Mike Tyson. And he was up and coming, but they were pretty sure that he was gonna be an important fighter. And I photographed a lot of good fighters, I mean, Evander Holyfield, a lot of them. (upbeat music) I had this idea to do a boxer from the back. My father was a professional boxer and he always said, "The strength of a really good boxer's in his neck." And he said that, "If you have a weak neck "then you're a weak boxer. "If you have a strong neck, there's a chance that you can survive a punch." And I had always wanted to do a shot of a boxer from the back, and also to try and do a shot from the back where you could almost recognize who it was. And there's a lotta people who looked at that and said, "Is that Mike Tyson?" So this was a success from that. So of course I did it from the front as well, a portrait of him from the front, but this was a shot that, you know, it was unusual, it was interesting, an...
d it was a good piece of thinking. So once again, preparation, preparation, preparation, just thinking about what you might do. At least have a plan before you go into a shooting, especially with a celebrity, especially. If you're photographing your next door neighbor you maybe have more flexibility, but with a celebrity you wanna be pretty organized. So this shot was done with a Hasselblad. It's a simple on-access strobe. The strobe's right above the lens. And there's, I had a canvas with me, and there's one light on a canvas behind just to give it some vibrancy. So it's two lights, very, very simply done. And I had him work out for about 15 minutes before I photographed him so of course he was sweating. And if you see the details on this, you can see the sweat beads on him. But it's a Hasselblad shot on Tri-X film. This is a film shot. (upbeat music)