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Celebrity Photographer Greg Gorman

If you don’t recognize his name, you’ll likely know his work. Photographer Greg Gorman has documented some of the world’s most familiar faces.

Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, Elton John and Halle Berry have all stood in front of his lens.

Friday on Up to Date, guest host Brian Ellison talks with Gorman about his journey from the Kansas City area to Hollywood. We’ll discuss his more than four decades of creating personality portraits, magazine layouts and advertising campaigns. He’ll give us his thoughts on the obsession our culture has with celebrity.

Greg Gorman speaks this evening at 7 in the Atkins Theatre at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. A social hour begins at 6. For registration and information, visit ASMP-KC.org

Greg Gorman’s work documents that peculiar obsession of the 20th 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, “and it leaves something to be desired.” For over two decades, Greg Gorman has continued to master the art of photography. From personality portraits and advertising campaigns to magazine layouts and fine art work, Greg has developed and showcased a discriminating and unique style in his profession. 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. He currently resides in Los Angeles and Mendocino, California.

Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC and chief of broadcast operations for KCUR 89.3 and 91.9 Classical KC. You can email him at stephen@kcur.org.
As a host and contributor at KCUR, I seek to create a more informed citizenry and richer community. I want to enlighten and inspire our audience by delivering the information they need with accuracy and urgency, clarifying what’s complicated and teasing out the complexities of what seems simple. I work to craft conversations that reveal realities in our midst and model civil discourse in a divided world. Follow me on Twitter @ptsbrian or email me at brian@kcur.org.