Outside the Studio by Greg Gorman, book review: He turns his back on his studio portrait and figure study work

The photographer embarks on a new adventure

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Greg Gorman is best known for his stunning portraits of Hollywood celebrities, rock stars, and sporting greats. His work has been seen in Esquire, GQ, Vogue, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Time, and Vanity Fair. But for this, his tenth book, Gorman turns his back on his studio portrait and figure study work, and goes out on the streets of Southeast Asia – uncharted territory for the artist.

Travelling initially on behalf of an electronics company, giving symposiums on fine art digital printing throughout Singapore, Malaysia, China, and India, Gorman got a first-hand look at these different cultures at the very beginning of the digital revolution. The transition from analogue to digital cameras was another new experience for the photographer, who had shot on film for more than 30 years.

For Gorman, who was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1949, being in the studio with the likes of Marlon Brando or Robert De Niro was second nature, but being thrust in front of strangers in China, Kuala Lampur, India, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam was a new adventure.

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