Mickey with Rings, 1999
Sheet: 22 x 17 in (55.88 x 43.18 cm)
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Throughout his work, Greg Gorman creates portraits that speak through movement, emotion, and sensation. Here, the focus is turned to body and movement. The present photograph alludes to Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, a pen and ink drawing based on the ideal human proportions. Gorman delights in the beauty of the male form with sensitivity to tone of light as well as placement of the subject.
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Greg Gorman (American, b. 1949) is a portrait photographer based in California. He graduated from University of Southern California with a Masters of Fine Arts degree in cinematography in 1972. Known for his intensely evocative photographs, Gorman develops portraits that see through movement, emotion, and sensation. “For me a photograph is most successful when it doesn’t answer all the questions,” says Gorman, “but leaves something to the imagination.” He is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Professional Photographer’s of America, the Achievement in Portraiture Award from the Lucie Foundation, and the Pacific Design Center Stars of Design award.