Charting With Billboard

Bob Sillerman, touching the dance music world in an inappropriate way.

It’s important in any session with a celebrity or personality to be ready for them to give nothing or everything. Of the two I will more likely get “nothing” from the sitter, so being ready with a great visual location or intriguing lighting is always smart. But perhaps more crucial is having a plan when the subject is unexpectedly up for most anything – this is when the career-making photographs are made.

When I asked music business legend Bob Sillerman to lie on a shelf in his Manhattan offices he drew me near and said in a whisper, “Do you think that I’m f–king crazy?” “Yes,” I said. “You’re right,” he replied, and then jumped up on the shelf.

Billboard’s creative team of Photo Editor Amelia HalversonĀ and Creative Director Andrew Horton guided me through a fun and clever cover scenario with a globe made from a disco ball (the story is about Sillerman’s ambition to dominate the electronic dance music world), and then gave me the flexibility to follow my instincts for the inside shots. A perfect shooting situation? Yes!

“Do you think that I’m f–king crazy?”

Balls by Ryan V. Brennan (disco), and Bob Sillerman (testicular)

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One Response to Charting With Billboard

  1. StretchyHead says:

    CB:

    You are the man! Thank you so much for the behind-the-scenes insights into your process. I’m glad you don’t hoard your secrets like a little 2nd grade bitch. I have learned so much from you, and am continually inspired to push my photo limits every day, because of your candor.

    -Ian

    From: Chris Buck News <comment-reply@wordpress.com> Reply-To: Chris Buck News <comment+rdkue0hzua1exb4adj4sl3_@comment.wordpress.com> Date: Thursday, September 20, 2012 8:41 PM To: Ian Tuttle <ituttle@tuttle.com> Subject: [New post] Charting With Billboard

    Chris posted: ” Bob Sillerman, touching the dance music world in an inappropriate way. It’s important in any session with a celebrity or personality to be ready for them to give nothing or everythi”

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