Who Is Mac DeMarco?

This might be the best picture that I've taken so far this year. He's wearing my suit (which might look better on him than me). The tie was a Christmas gift from Jerry Stiller.

This might be the best picture that I’ve taken so far this year. He’s wearing my suit (which might look better on him than me). The tie was a Christmas gift from Jerry Stiller.

I’ve been a fan of Pitchfork for a long time so I was pleased when they contacted me to photograph Mac DeMarco and I worked hard to wow them.

Mac is strangely just like his persona; sweet, funny and super laid-back. I wanted to keep that, but amplify it – and add some surprises. I’m happy with the results.

Visiting Mac at home I measure his neck to fit him for wardrobe.

Visiting Mac at home I measure his neck to fit him for wardrobe.

I took a lot of snaps of his apt - kinda irresistible. The paradox with Mac Demarco is that he's genuinely nonchalant but still ambitious enough to move a couple of times to put himself closer to the music and media centers (originally from Edmonton, Alberta, he first re-located to Montreal, and now lives in Bushwick, Brooklyn).

I took a lot of snaps of his apt – kinda irresistible. The paradox with Mac DeMarco is that he’s genuinely nonchalant but still ambitious enough to move a couple of times to put himself closer to the music and media centers (originally from Edmonton, Alberta, he first re-located to Montreal, and now lives in Bushwick, Brooklyn).

We did a shot of Mac at a typewriter and at times I'd see him pounding away on it as we adjusted the lighting and such. Hours later when we were cleaning up I found this discarded piece of paper on the floor.

We did a shot of Mac at a typewriter and at times I’d see him pounding away on it as we adjusted the lighting and such. Hours later when we were cleaning up I found this discarded piece of paper on the floor.

I've long wanted to do an homage to Yousuf Karsh's Tennessee Williams portrait. It was fun to re-create with Mac Demarco but I'm afraid that mine falls far short of the original.

I’ve long wanted to do an homage to Yousuf Karsh’s Tennessee Williams portrait. It was fun to re-create with Mac DeMarco but I’m afraid that mine falls far short of the original.

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My TIME Has Come

More than one person has seen a Norman Rockwell quality to the cover image; I’ll certainly take that as a compliment. On the right is the sketch I sent to the photo and design team at TIME to illustrate what I had in mind (I prefer photography to drawing).

More than one person has seen a Norman Rockwell quality to the cover image; I’ll certainly take that as a compliment. On the right is the sketch I sent to the photo and design team at TIME to illustrate what I had in mind (I prefer photography to drawing).

I’m super honored to have this be my first TIME cover – a big thank you to Myles LittlePaul MoakleyKira Pollack and D.W. Pine!

Photo Editor Myles Little provides some direction on set. Why am I not holding the camera?

Photo Editor Myles Little provides some direction on set. Why am I not holding the camera?

Key, Buck & Peele. You can tell when people love what they do. My favorite moments of the day were watching them make each other laugh in the make-up room. This and the previous photo by Phillip McAbee.

Key, Buck & Peele. You can tell when people love what they do. My favorite moments of the day were watching them make each other laugh. This and the previous photo by Phillip McAbee.

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Buck Move to Tumblr

Chris Buck and William S. Burroughs. A snapshot together after their sitting in Toronto, April 25, 1989.

Chris Buck & William S. Burroughs. A snapshot after their sitting in Toronto, April 25, 1989.

I have moved my blog to Tumblr. To see the rest of my latest post “Beats, Served Three Ways” visit me here: thechrisbuck.tumblr.com

Thank you so much for your interest and support on WordPress but going forward the bulk of my posts will be on Tumblr.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman

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Philip Seymour Hoffman photographed for Premiere in 1999. I was told later that it was one of his favorite sessions.

Philip Seymour Hoffman photographed in New York  for Premiere Magazine, 1999. I was told later that it was one of his favorite sessions.

I did three sittings with Philip Seymour Hoffman but it’s the time that I had a random lunch with him three years after working together that I find myself thinking about.

Running errands on a spring Saturday I popped into a hot dog joint on Lafayette, just south of Bleecker. A minute after I placed my order at the corner Philip came in. The place was almost empty, so I went up and said hello. He recognized me right away and was friendly, if low-key.

We sat down and ate. He had a cheeseburger and I had two hot dogs wrapped in bacon with hot sauce.

During our conversation I congratulated him on his Best Actor Oscar for “Capote”, which he had received only days before. I told him that he can’t now go off and do stupid big-budget action movies (a common misstep by past winners). He chewed his sandwich for a couple of seconds and then told me that his next picture was “Mission Impossible III”.

Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly, photographed for Time Out New York in 2001. I don't remember even speaking with them - it was so fast moving I was just trying to get it all on film.

Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly, photographed for Time Out New York in 2001.

I don't remember even speaking with them - it was so fast moving I was just trying to get it all on film.

I don’t remember even speaking with them – I was just trying to get it all on film.

He was fun to photograph, and he brought real joy to his performances. He’ll be missed.

Philip Seymour Hoffman photographed at Sundance Film Festival for Entertainment Weekly in 2003.

Philip Seymour Hoffman at Sundance Film Festival for Entertainment Weekly in 2003.

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Inspiration: The Family 1976

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A short time ago, my colleague John Keatley asked me via Twitter what was the favorite photo book that I owned. My response was that my favorite book was neither a book, nor did I own it. It was Rolling Stone’s special political issue of October 21, 1976, featuring 69 portraits of the Washington D.C. establishment by Richard Avedon. This question prompted me to find the issue online and purchase it as a holiday gift to myself. And I couldn’t be happier that I did!

(I actually posted previously on my blog my favorite five photo books here.)

A sample page from Rolling Stone's October 21st, 1976 issue. Clockwise from upper left: Shirley Chishom, George McGovern, Rosemary Woods. Cy Vance

A sample page from Rolling Stone October 21, 1976. Clockwise from upper left: Shirley Chisholm, George McGovern, Rose Mary Woods. W. Mark Felt (coming out as “Deep Throat” almost 30 years later).  Photos by Richard Avedon.

Ronald Reagan, four years before his presidential victory.

Ronald Reagan, four years before his presidential victory. Photo by Richard Avedon.

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Kimmel Sinatra Ketchup

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Shooting with Jimmy Kimmel was a particular treat for me as I’ve been a fan since his Man Show days. I was not surprised that he brought a relaxed demeanor to our brief shoot, but there were also moments of warmth, curiosity and, of course, great wit.

The color palette for one of the shots was inspired by Frank Sinatra cover art circa 1955. I described the shot to Jimmy as such, and then as we took a short break as my assistants adjusted the lighting, he asked me with a serious disposition, “Are you really a Frank Sinatra fan?” I thought that he was going to dismiss or criticize Ol’ Blue Eyes but he actually had a story to tell me.

Sinatra is out to dinner in Las Vegas with his friends Bob Newhart and Don Rickles. It’s a busy restaurant, but also a very fine one.

Frank is struggling with getting the ketchup out of the bottle. He’s banging it this way and that way – getting nothing. Finally, he curses and throws it across the room – the bottle smashes against the wall getting ketchup everywhere.

The room is silent, and Rickles says, “Hey Frank, pass the ketchup.”

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Shooting with Jimmy Kimmel for Variety. Photo by Shelley Lovelace.

Shooting with Jimmy Kimmel for Variety. Photo by Shelley Lovelace.

Thank you to Bailey Franklin and Variety for the assignment – and running the images so well!

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Toronto The Good

Wrigley's Excel - it's a Gumergency! Shot with BBDO Toronto.

Wrigley’s Excel – it’s a Gumergency! Shot with BBDO Toronto.

Toronto isn’t just the home of politicians with boundary issues, there are a number of fantastic ad agencies there too. I’ve had the privilege to shoot with a couple of them this year.

Most recently I shot the Excel Gumergency print campaign with BBDO. These clever ads, targeting the adult gum customer, feature “Randy Johnson” (actor Jeff Kassel) as a straight-talking bad breath hot-line operator. Creatives Shawn James and Sean Atkinson (partnered to create confusion) were a joy to work with. Funny, sharp and ambitious, I look forward to causing more trouble with these two in the future.

On set with the BBDO creative team Shawn James and Sean Atkinson.

On set with BBDO creative team Shawn James & Sean Atkinson. Photo by Courtney Kelly.

When Taxi Toronto floated the idea of doing a couple of short videos to accompany our Viagra print campaign I jumped at the chance to direct them. And, I’m glad that I did; art director Michael Siegers and writer Rene Bhavnani put their full creative energies behind making them awesome. Even though the budget was modest, with proper attention to casting, location and a super smart script, our spots came together beautifully. Different regions have varying guidelines on how explicit advertising can be, so this was an opportunity for us to have some creative fun.

And, our half print/ half video crew worked together fantastically, making a challenging day of shooting ultimately a very satisfying one. Special props to DP Rhys Ernst.

A frame pull from our 15 second golf spot with actor Dwight McFee.

Our 15 second Viagra golf spot with actor Dwight McFee. Click on this image to play the video.

Actor Peter Snider played our confident, if failing tennis player.

Actor Peter Snider is our confident, if failing, tennis player. Click on this image to play the video.

And, thank you to Jooli Kim, my Canadian agent, for securing both assignments. Yay!

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