30 celebrity photographers who are actual celebrities: 21-25
21. Michael Madsen
Style: Gritty pictures of signs
Most famous for: His roles in Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill, Sin City, and… Free Willy
Madsen has had his photography featured at exhibitions around the world and had his first photographic book, ‘Signs of Life’, published in 2006. His photography would look quite at home in a Quentin Tarantino film, featuring full-colour pictures of signs from small businesses, hotels, diners, and bars from across the US.
22. Lenny Kravitz
Most famous for: Award-winning singer-songwriter
Better known for winning the Grammy Award for ‘Best Male Rock Vocal Performance’ four years on the run (1999 to 2002) Kravitz is less famous for his photography. However as an accomplished photographer, Kravitz has in fact had his work featured in Russian Vogue magazine. His portraits feel natural and candid and have a certain ‘fly-on-the-wall’ charm to them.
23. Andy Summers
Style: Black and white documentary
Most famous for: English guitarist for rock band The Police
Summers describes music and photography as being ‘kindred spirits’, and that ‘the photographs he creates are visual counterparts to the music that never leaves his head’.
His three photography books (Desirer Walks The Streets, Throb, and I’ll Be Watching You: Inside The Police 1980-83) all feature his ‘behind-the-scenes’ black and white photography of The Police while they were on tour.
Taken in true documentary style, Summers’ images range from the intimate to the mundane and can be bleak and sometimes even surprising; but they all touchingly ‘real’.
24. Brad Pitt
Most famous for: Hollywood Heartthrob
Pitt’s retro photography made an impact as it featured a completely new angle of one of the world’s most photographed women; his then wife, Angelina Jolie.
Commissioned to take the pictures by W magazine, he was reportedly determined to shoot with Kodak Tech Pan film, which hadn’t been produced for years. How did he get his hands on the film? Well, he’s Brad Pitt.
W magazine’s Photo Editor Nadia Vellam tracked down the film on eBay, and later on from a source in Israel, and had it specially shipped and handed to Pitt in the south of France by a courier.
The results were worth the effort, and feature wonderfully grainy shots that suggest an air of nostalgic romanticism; some are even a little eerie. Pitt clearly has a great eye for photography, and has worked with the natural light in his pictures.
25. Kyle MacLachlan
Camera: Sony Qualia
Most famous for: His role of Agent Cooper in David Lynch’s surreal TV series Twin Peaks and, er, Showgirls
A keen amateur photographer, the subjects MacLachlan likes to shoot are varied and range from architecture, to travel, to golf, and to creative portrait photography of his pet dogs.
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