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Greg Gorman: It’s Not About Me

On 30 September 2021, the Munich-based gallery IMMAGIS will open the new exhibition, It's Not About Me by iconic photographer Greg Gorman, curated from his bestselling book of the same name, published in 2020. A first showing of select images from this extensive retrospective monograph took place this spring at his US gallery, Fahey/Klein; the new show at IMMAGIS ART PHOTOGRAPHY this fall marks the first exhibition curated from the book, shown abroad. Gorman is famed for his stunning and memorable images. Over the past 50 years, the Los Angeles­based photographer has created a distinctive and impressive body of portrait photography.

Mick Jagger and Bette Midler III, NYC 1983 © Greg Gorman, courtesy IMMAGIS ART PHOTOGRAPHY

His secret: mastering the light and focusing entirely on his subject. As the exhibition title suggests, it's not about the photographer, although it is ... The list of depicted stars speaks for itself, from Keanu Reeves, Laura Dem, John Waters, Sophia Loren, and Al Pacino to Tom Waits, Alfred Hitchcock, Hugh Jackmann, David Hockney, and Johnny Depp, as weil as Leonardo DiCaprio, Sharon Stone, Michael Jackson, Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro, and Marina Abramovic - to name just a few. And of course, a special section is devoted to his special longtime friends, David Bowie, Grace Jones, and Elton John, whom he recently portrayed again.

The exhibition It's Not About Me not only showcases some of Gorman's most iconic works, but also provides a much broader overview of his brilliant portraiture. From Hollywood stars to visual artists and famous musicians, Gorman has always found the perfect mood and setting to capture these distinct personalities while maintaining his unique visual style. Gorman's portraits have gone on to become photographic milestones with timeless, universal appeal and always a step above the rest. 

Opening: Thursday, 30 September 2021, 7 pm / The artist will be present
Exhibition: 30 September - 30 November 2021
IMMAGIS ART PHOTOGRAPHY, Blütenstraße 1, 80799 Munich

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Beverly Hills 1985 © Greg Gorman, courtesy IMMAGIS ART PHOTOGRAPHY

IMMAGIS ART PHOTOGRAPHY was founded in 2009 and is one of the leading galleries for contemporary photography, based in Munich's Museumsviertel. The portfolio includes works by the world's most important photographers and key players in the international art market. IMMAGIS stands for expertise, integrity, and discretion in dealing with international museums and private collections; for innovation in terms of the variety of print techniques available; and for quality in developing, staging, and presenting photography exhibitions. Its artist roster includes Ellen von Unwerth, Jean Pigozzi, David Drebin, Sylvie Blum, Joachim Schmeisser, and Tom Jacobi, Jan Schlegel, Marc Hom, and Sonia Sieff, to name a few.

Leonardo DiCaprio, LA 1997 © Greg Gorman, courtesy IMMAGIS ART PHOTOGRAPHY

David Michelak, Los Angeles 1987 © Greg Gorman, courtesy IMMAGIS ART PHOTOGRAPHY

Tom Waits, Hollywood 1979 © Greg Gorman, courtesy IMMAGIS ART PHOTOGRAPHY

Sophia Loren, pointing finger, Rome 1994 © Greg Gorman, courtesy IMMAGIS ART PHOTOGRAPHY

About Greg Gorman

From personality portraits and advertising campaigns to magazine layouts and fine art work, Greg Gorman has developed a unique style in his profession. His distinctive use of light in his black and white portraits is one of the identifying aspects of a Gorman photograph. 

Gorman’s strength has been photographing motion picture and music personalities. His work has been used in film advertising and publicity campaigns as well as album and CD covers. Some of the motion picture celebrities that he has photographed include Ben Affleck, Lauren Bacall, Alec Baldwin, Antonio Banderas, Kim Basinger, Marlon Brando, Pierce Brosnan, Kevin Costner, Bette Davis, Robert De Niro, Brad Pitt, Andy Garcia, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Dustin Hoffman, Sophia Loren, Al Pacino, Barbra Streisand, Kiera Knightley, Clive Owen, Jennifer Lopez and John Travolta.

In the music field, Mr. Gorman has worked with Elton John, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Morrissey, John Mayer, Bette Midler, Grace Jones and Frank Zappa to name a few. A partial list of the films that he has generated graphics and publicity for include  “The Hurt Locker”, “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “King Arthur”, “Tootsie”, “The Big Chill”, “Bull Durham” and the Key Art Award winner “Pearl Harbor”.

Greg Gorman has lectured and conducted seminars throughout the world including Digital Photographic Workshops at his studio in Mendocino, California. A project for Disney in conjunction with the Travel Association of America, took him on a 45-day shoot across the United States shooting subjects from all 50 states. The imagery was featured in the video “We The People.”
​Born in 1949 in Kansas City, Missouri, Mr. Gorman attended the University of Kansas 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. He currently resides in Los Angeles and Mendocino, California.

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