Photo of the Day

An Iconic Image in the Making

November 10, 2017

By Stacey Goldberg

© Michael Schwartz

It can be intimidating when your subject goes head-to-head with you on lighting and photography knowledge, but when celebrity photographer Michael Schwartz found himself in that situation with veteran model Lauren Hutton, he embraced the connection that came from their shared passion. "She came in and the first thing she wanted to do was to see my lighting to make sure I knew what I was doing," he recalls of this shoot for Harper's Bazaar. "She knows lighting better than almost anyone I have worked with."

The shoot went as planned, but while combing through the images together, Schwartz couldn't get this particular outtake out of his mind. He loved it, and even though it wasn't what the client wanted, Hutton inspired him to fight for it.

"She told me a story about a time when she was in the Vogue office with Richard Avedon. Back then, they literally put the unselected prints on the floor. During this process, she found an image of herself that she absolutely loved, and convinced the editors to run it in the story. That shot became one of her most iconic images."

(Captured using a Phase One IQ250 with an 80mm lens.)

Photo © Michael Schwartz