Author Archives: Joe McNally

Tony!

LIFE just came out with a beautiful new book, an illustrated tome about the classy, exuberant life of Tony Bennett, singer and gentleman extraordinaire. Tony’s amazing career broke through many barriers, including those of anticipated longevity, the vibrance of an ongoing fan base, and the cultivation of new fans via innovative duets with a wonderfully eclectic group of collaborators from KD Lang to Lady Gaga. He remains vital and popular now, at the age of 88, singing and touring with the energy and dash of a youngster. This lovely hardcover is a fitting tribute to a talented man with a…

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The Power of a Returned Photograph

Dave Burnett is over in Dubai right now, working with Mohamed Somji and our dear friends at GPP. I have known David since the late 70′s, and have always stood back in awe as he amassed a visual archive that is the stuff of our collective histories. Got a wonderful email from him this morning that mentioned Ravi’s Restaurant. (I’m in Hong Kong, and bouncing off the walls of my hotel with the false energy of jet lag masked by a couple espressos.) Last year, I made a few portraits of the staff at Ravi’s, a wonderful restaurant

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Five Lights, Done Fast

I say this. Everybody says this, when it comes to lighting a photograph. “Get your main light done first!” Make sure you get that lead light, the flash that makes the statement, done first and done right. That light, big or small, announces, characterizes, beautifies, polishes up, and declares your subject as the rock star of the photo. One hopes for this, anyway. It is generally up front and at the center of the action, in the foreground. And, quite naturally, that’s the light you work on first, as it anchors the photo.  But every once in while, it makes…

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The Creature in the Wall….Video BTS

The Creature in the Wall….Video BTS

  Some folks have chimed in with some questions about the above picture. We did a little BTS video about the making thereof…..   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFRm6nm3bRM   Many thanks to Andrew Tomasino and the whole gang who contributed to the video, and the doing of the shot! More tk….  

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It Started with a Shimmer…..

Actually, a shimmer and an idea. I don’t know why the folks at Nikon and the Photo Plus Expo administration listened to me when I came to them with Halloween ideas. For someone such as myself, raised up on comic books and the dark fantasies of Mordor, the notion of distressed trick or treaters, of small children poised on the verge of fantastical disaster and mayhem was completely normal. I was somewhat nonplussed then, when most people I tried to explain my ideas to would listen politely, tilt their head, look at me and say, “Sounds cool. You’re a sick

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Still Shooting for LIFE

Back in 1936, when Henry Luce bought LIFE magazine, and shaped it into America’s window on the world, one might have thought he had some sort of crystal ball. I mean, the magazine has had its share of ups and downs, once being shuttered for six years, then rebounding as a monthly from ’78 to 2000, then borne again for a brief period as a newspaper supplement. In between, it’s been special issues, yearly recaps, and now, quite successfully, a book publisher. I mean, the name fits. The estimable Mr. Luce was on to something. Ya just can’t kill it.…

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