John Waters for The Wall Street Journal.

 

Kat Malott at Wall Street Journal (who is going to get buried under macaroons for this one) got me an hour with John Waters at his apartment in NYC. The assignment was environmental portraits for the real estate section.

 But I arrived with this idea to mirror 1926 Man Ray photo “Noire et blanche (Black and white)” of a model, posing with a carved mask. 

Breaking out the black seamless at the end of the shoot, I explained my idea in my best broken English. He smiled and replied, “Alright, take your best shot, Diane Arbus.” 

He rested his head for few seconds, 7 frames total, and I was in a very, very good mood for a good couple of hours.


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