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Wednesday, October 30 2013

Book Reception for Photographer Gregory Heisler Friday

Adapted from a Hallmark Institute of Photography press release:

Please join us at Hallmark Institute of Photography on Friday, November 1st, to celebrate our Artist-in-Residence Gregory Heisler's long awaited new book of portraits. Widely regarded as "a photographer's photographer," Gregory Heisler has been described as having "the mind of a scientist, the heart of a journalist, and the eye of an artist." Known for his candor, humor, and generosity as a practitioner and teacher of photography, Heisler is able to convey the most complex photographic concepts simply and elegantly. In "Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits" he takes us on a guided tour of his innovative editorial images and iconic portraits, illuminated by his insightful perspective and an engaging foreword by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

The book draws upon Heisler's 35 years of richly varied experiences as a portrait photographer working at the highest level for many national and international magazines --including Time, for which he shot more than seventy covers, Sports Illustrated, Esquire, LIFE, GQ, New York Times Magazine, ESPN The Magazine, as well as corporations, advertising agencies, and private clients. Evocative portraits of celebrities and personalities such as Muhammad Ali, Tim Burton, Mick Jagger, Danny Devito, Hugh Grant, Denzel Washington, and Julia Roberts are accompanied by the stories behind the images, providing fascinating context. Readers will learn what Harry Belafonte, Bruce Springsteen, and Yasser Arafat were like during their shoots, why Heisler's portrait of President George H. W. Bush led to his White House clearance being revoked, and what it was like to photograph O. J. Simpson after his acquittal.

The book reception, available to the public at no charge, will take place at Hallmark Institute of Photography's Educational Center at 27 Industrial Boulevard, Turners Falls, MA on Friday, November 1st, from 5:00 - 7:00pm. Light refreshments will be served.