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Greg Gorman (American, b.b. 1949)


Birth Place: Kansas City, MO USA


Who is photographer Greg Gorman?

Greg Gorman is a nationally renowned portrait photographer whose commercial and artistic work has found critical success and a substantial audience for close to five decades. He has shot some of the most well-beloved movie posters of our generation, including Tootsie and Pirates of the Caribbean. He has worked for most of the glossy magazines of the 20th century, perhaps most famously for Life Magazine, where he shot several covers. 


Gorman is known for the candid, intimate approach he takes to his celebrity portraits. Everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Jude Law is shot with a compassionate, empathetic quality that evokes a stark beauty. This is only enhanced by Gorman’s choice of materials, his signature Honeywell Pentax 35mm camera, almost always with black and white film. His photos have been exhibited at some of the most prestigious galleries in the world, including the Helmut Newton Museum in Berlin. 

What kind of art does Greg Gorman make?

Greg Gorman shoots black and white portraits, usually of actors, directors, and other members of Hollywood. His first shoot was of Jimi Hendrix, when Gorman was just 18 years old and a novice photographer. Gorman’s work makes great use of dramatic lighting techniques, exotic locales, but never seems to lose the focus of his subject. This has translated into a fantastic amount of commercial and artistic success. Gorman continues to be an extremely in-demand portrait artist, and his private artistic work is exhibited worldwide at many prestigious galleries and museums. 

How did photographer Greg Gorman get started?

Greg Gorman was born in Kansas City, Missouri. During a visit to a Jimi Hendrix concert, the blossoming artist took photos of the legendary guitar player. This was just the momentum that Gorman needed, immediately after he enrolled in photography classes at the University of Kansas. He continued his studies in the 1970s, graduating with an MFA in cinematography from USC in 1972.  

How much are Greg Gorman photos worth?

A Greg Gorman print can sell for a few hundred dollars for minor prints up to around $11,000 for major work. Currently the most expensive print of Gorman’s is a portrait of a young Leonardo Di Caprio which is on sale for $11,151 dollars. His celebrity prints are world-renowned, and as such they are valued accordingly. A savvy collector would be wise to snap up a Gorman if it becomes available. Not only are they a good investment, they are a striking piece to add to any personal collection. 

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