Jimmy Fallon Baby Leak

Jimmy Fallon is a good sport. Nothing else to be said here.

Stunt baby pees on Jimmy Fallon.

Jimmy Fallon is a good sport. Nothing else to be said here.

Can a single person do a Beatles homage. We tried.

Can a single person do a Beatles homage. We tried.

It is great to be part of Variety Magazine‘s re-design, thanks Bailey Franklin.

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On Joining Instagram

My recent post on Instagram. From a Brooks & Dunn concert, 1994. Shot for Michele Romero & Entertainment Weekly.

A recent Instagram post. At a Brooks & Dunn concert, 1994. For Michele Romero & EW.

I’m excited to report that I’ve joined Instagram. I will be now be part of that unholy mix of photos of lunch, ironic landscapes and Holga-filtered observations of everyday life.

As much as I’m tempted to show endless snaps of a certain three-year-old redhead, I plan to use Instagram as a feed for my 25+ years archive of work, featuring weird and wonderful pictures that have never before been seen. I’ll be posting one photo a day for a year, and then well, who knows. 

Come join me.

The_Chris_Buck on Instagram.

Elmore Leonard, photographed in Detroit 1998. Posted as a rememberence on the day of his passing.

Elmore Leonard, photographed in Detroit 1999. A remembrance on the day of his passing.

Me as "Johnny Ringo". Inspired by Lorne Greene's Country-Western hit "Ringo" I asked Ringo Starr to dress as a cowboy for our 2007 shoot. He passed, but I couldn't.

Me as “Johnny Ringo”. Inspired by Lorne Greene’s Country-Western hit “Ringo” I asked Ringo Starr to dress as a cowboy for our 2007 shoot. He passed, but I couldn’t.

David Hanson & Kbot, shot in the parking lot of House of Pies, Los Feliz, Los Angeles, 2003.

David Hanson & Kbot, shot in the parking lot of House of Pies, Los Feliz, Los Angeles, 2003.

My first Instagram post, just dipping in the toe. Greg Ginn of Black Flag shot for my Rock Stars Footwear series, 1984.

First Instagram post, just dipping in the toe? Greg Ginn of Black Flag, from my first series “Rock Stars Footwear”, 1984.

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The Hasselblad Snapshot

Olive Buck likes ice cream.

Olive Buck – two things can elicit this smile: swimming and ice cream (rarely together).

I have literally thousands of pictures of my daughter – buried away in folders on my computer.

So this summer I decided to go back to film. Putting aside any arguments about the value of film vs. digital, there is something magical when a family snapshot is on film. And it just so happened that we’d planned a vacation with my siblings and parents in Thousand Island Park NY giving me plenty of material.

I was worried that as soon as I picked up a serious camera I’d go into work mode (not compatible with vacation mode!), but since I haven’t shot my Hasselblad for a job since the late 90s it didn’t happen.

Instead I got some delightful photos of my family, and also got in some swimming, a few gin and tonics and finished Mark Maron‘s great memoir, Attempting Normal.

My wife, Michelle Golden.

My lovely wife, Michelle Golden.

Flynn Burgess receiving a henna tattoo from his father, as the pieta.

Flynn Burgess getting a henna tattoo from his father, while re-creating the pieta.

Sequoia Buck and Olive on the front porch.

Cousins on the front porch, Sequoia Buck and Olive.

Patrick Burgess gives my dad a haircut.

My brother-in-law Patrick Burgess gives my dad a haircut.

Olive reaching

Olive Buck reaching the United States.

Luckily, she wasn't on my shoulders the entire week.

With the Hasselblad in action (luckily my daughter wasn’t on my head the entire week).

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Daily Show coup d’état

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I’m pleased to be part of GQ’s summer comedy issue – my portrait of The Daily Show’s John Oliver opens the special section. As a preview of John’s 3-month takeover of the program we quizzed the new host on his favorite dictators – including which despots he’d draft for his soccer team.

Directed by Chris Buck
Shot & Edited by Jimmie Armentrout III
GQ Photo Editor: Justin O’Neill
GQ Staff Editor: Freddie Campion

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…or shaped like a Blogg!

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The origins of blogging, found in the 1973 Dr. Seuss book “The Shape of Me and Other Stuff.”

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Kobe: The Movie movie

Kobe The Movie Movie Premiere, in this week's ESPN The Magazine Magazine

Kobe: The Movie movie premiere, in this week’s ESPN The Magazine magazine.

The current issue of ESPN The Magazine features a strange story that appears to be documents related to a biopic on the great Kobe Bryant. There are screenplays describing key episodes of his life, storyboards, and even a block-buster movie poster; featured alongside all of this are my “behind-the-scenes” photos related to this film (we ordered a live-sized standee of the man, as a stand-in). The package is beautiful, magical, and just absurd. I’m very pleased that Karen Frank and the ESPN photo team invited me to be part of it.

I’m especially excited to be doing more complex group photographs. My background largely consists of single subject portraits but I’ve always loved elaborate group pictures (like this, and this) so I’m taking on assignments like this with a verve.

Kobe, behind-the-scenes, sort of.

Kobe Bryant, behind-the-scenes, sort of.

Amazingly the "grip" on the left was actually cast, he's not part of my crew.

Amazingly the “grip” on the left was actually cast, he’s not part of my crew.

The elder Kobe and the aged Michael Jordan compare accomplishments.

The elder Kobe and the aged Michael Jordan compare accomplishments.

I’m keen to develop my motion portfolio right now so I invited Rhys Ernst (who shot my Patton Oswalt Wired video) to shoot some footage, allowing us to make a promo teaser for the issue. It’s a bit Charlie Chaplin, with Luis Bunuel thrown in (with all due respect to both figures).

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My New Vice

The Vice office, as shown in The New Yorker this week - but across 5 columns!

The Vice office, and it’s principles, as shown in The New Yorker this week.

With North Korea posturing in war-like ways one can’t help but think of the genius of Vice. In fact, Dennis Rodman had just returned from his diplomatic liaison with Kim Jong-un when The New Yorker sent me to photograph the principle figures of the company.

I had shot these same three five years before for Wired Magazine, with great results. This is both bad – a lot to live up to with the new session – and good – the Vice workers are respectful and helpful, calling this portrait, “the only good one that’s been done of them.” Helpful means escorting me around their oddball and intertwined offices to find shooting locations, cast staff with suitable haircuts, and stockpile weird knickknacks as possible props.

DPRK may collapse, bringing instability to East Asia, Vice Media may implode, in a glorious self-inflicted way, bringing sadness to HBO, but we’ll always have the photographs from that balmy day in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Much appreciation to Jessie Wender and Whitney Johnson at The New Yorker for the fantastic assignment – and running the best shot from the session!

The iPhone camera delivers. Scouting and casting photos of the Vice offices.

iPhone camera delivers: scouting and casting photos of the Vice offices. Receptionist Ren Potts.

Kaitlyn Weber makes the cut,  Snoop is out, pulled from the shot at the last minute.

Kaitlyn Weber makes the cut, Snoop is out – pulled from the shot at the last minute.

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