For over four decades, Greg Gorman has continued to master the art of photography. From celebrity portraits and advertising campaigns to magazine layouts and fine art work, Greg has developed and showcased a discriminating and unique style in his profession. Greg’s work documents that peculiar obsession of the 21st-century celebrity. His photography is timeless and not confined to has-beens, hot properties, and wannabes. Each shot gives a picture of human nature in its infinite range. Each picture is also a testament to the individual character. “For me, a photograph is most successful when it doesn’t answer all the questions,” says Gorman, “but leaves something to the imagination.”
In 1985, through the advice of illustrator Antonio Lopez, Gorman realized that he needed a creative outlet in addition to the commercial work that launched his career. He then began to expand his personal work exploring the human form and became a notable photographer for not only his celebrity portraiture but also his figure studies of the male and female nude.
When not shooting famous faces, Greg travels the world for specialized photographic projects and continues to work on compilations of his imagery. In the Spring of 2015, Outside the Studio, a book of Greg’s street photography in South East Asia was published by Damiani Editore. A book of his photos for the award-winning l.a. Eyeworks campaign entitled Framedwas released in 2012. In the fall of 2009, Damiani Editore released In Their Youth, which incorporated forty years of unpublished work. These join Gorman’s previously published books: Greg Gorman Volume I, Greg Gorman Volume II, Inside Life, Perspectives, As I See It, Just Between Us and a book of platinum prints entitled Odes to Pindar, published by The Journal of the 21st Century.
Greg Gorman has been recognized for his contribution to the world of photography with 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. Greg has also been acknowledged for his charitable works for The Elton John Aids Foundation, Aids Healthcare Foundation, Focus on Aids, The Oscar De La Hoya Foundation, Vox/Out Voices of Style + Design, PETA, Angel Art, and PawsLA.
Born in 1949 in Kansas City, Missouri, Greg attended the University of Kansas from 1967-69 with a major in Photojournalism. He completed his studies at the University of Southern California, graduating with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Cinematography in 1972. Greg’s latest career venture has been in the world of winemaking. In collaboration with Orin Swift Cellars, Greg began making wine under his own label, GKG Cellars, in 2006. He currently divides his time between his homes in Los Angeles and Mendocino, California.