Sean Combs, Puff Daddy, P Diddy, Diddy, Puff Daddy–whatever his name is, I make him look good.
"Just make me look handsome" That was the Donald's only request before this picture which was to publicize his new men's clothing line. The writter was the famous Pete Born From WWD.
Women want him, and I after I was finished, men do too.
I have 1/2 dozen portraits of Karl Lagerfeld. Like Ralph my favorite one was the first one because there is so much pressure to make magic. Once you have a reputation then you are asked to do publicity photos like this one. They trust you know what the image is being used for and that you show the subject in a way that ties in with their brand. In Karl's case His brand is looking badass.
I have dozens of Ralph Lauren Portraits. This one was a publicity photo to run with a new sportswear line. Ralph once told me he would like to sing like Frank Sinatra and dance like Fred Astaire. I now see how classic older movies shaped his style and taste. When I photograph him I always made sure it had the "Look" of a classic "leading man" or the charisma of a "movie star" or the timelessness of a Rembrandt painting. If it didn't I wouldn't press the button. We worked together very nicely for the next 15 years.
This session was an assignment for WWD/W Mag. According to Donatella, this is her good side. Not once during our session did she ever change her pose, so I guess I'll never know...
Orson Welles once called her "the most exciting woman in the world."I remember her as the original "Cat Woman"–man does she know how to scratch an itch.
I didn't want to leave his loft with the largest collection of African Art it was such an interesting space. Geoffery told me a wonderful story while I was putting away my gear. He said "I grew up on the islands with brothers and sisters that all sang, danced, painted and thrived in the arts. When I got to New York I thought everyone grew up like this...so at my age 72, if someone called me Boy! I'd say thanks for the reminder.