There are some celebrities, however, for whom photography is not a fly-by-night flirtation but a lifelong passion for which they have genuine talent. Here are 25 celebrities who truly can be described as serious photographers.
01. Jessica Lange
Best known for her roles in TV hits such as American Horror Story, actor Jessica Lange is also an accomplished photographer. She published her first photobook,50 Photographs, in 2008, featuring 50 black-and-white studies of unknown people and far-away places. It was accompanied by an exhibition at George Eastman House, the photography museum in Rochester, New York, and Lange was presented with the first George Eastman House Honors Award the following year. Aperture magazine wrote: “Jessica’s photographs very much reflect her personality. They are delicate but powerful… loving, warm, and extremely poetic.”
Lange has since released two more books – In Mexico in 2010 and It’s About a Little Bird in 2013, and her work was exhibited in Moscow’s Multimedia Art Museum in 2014.
02. Jeff Bridges
A keen photographer since high school, movie star Jeff Bridges has been taking on-set photos since the 1980s using a Widelux camera, an odd little device that purposely lacks a shutter or viewfinder.
The camera’s moving slit makes for panoramic images similar to that of a widescreen film and even allows quick moving subjects to appear twice on the same negative. As a result, the image is not always perfectly defined but capture an ineffable sense of verisimilitude.
At first Bridges, best known for his role in The Big Lebowski, would give out self-published collections of his photographs to cast and crew as gifts at the end of a shoot. Then in 2003 he released them as a photobook, Pictures, to great acclaim. He also sells prints of his work via The Rose Gallery.
03. Lenny Kravitz
It was his mother’s black-and-white image of Martin Luther King Jr giving a speech that sparked rock star Lenny Kravitz’s love of photography as a child. This was a passion that he’s continued to develop throughout his life, but it wasn’t until he showed his work to the French fashion photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino that he decided to make his work public.
Last year Kravitz saw his photography exhibited at the international art fair Art Basel and sold for prices ranging from $1,800 to $4,000 (all proceeds went to charity). Kravitz has also embarked on a collaboration with camera company Leica.
04. Tabitha Soren
A former reporter for MTV News, ABC News and NBC News, Tabitha Soren has carved out a second career as a fine art photographer.
After working in TV, including appearances in the video for ‘(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)’ by the Beastie Boys and the film The Cable Guy, Soren spent a year studying art and photography at Stanford University.
She went on to find success with photography projects that have been published in The New York Times Magazine, Canteen, Vanity Fair, McSweeney’s and Sports Illustrated, and added to the public collections of the LA Country Museum of Art, Oakland Museum of California, the New Orleans Museum of Art, Pier 24 Photography, Transformer Station in Ohio and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in Louisiana.
Last year, the Aperture Foundation published a selection of Soren’s photographs, Fantasy Life, to accompany a major exhibition at San Francisco City Hall.
05. Norman Reedus
Actor Norman Reedus is an actor, TV host and model best known for zombie drama The Walking Dead. But long before he found fame, he’d been nurturing an passion for photography, which began when he took classes at junior high and high school.
Photography became a serious pursuit when he moved to LA in his early twenties and put on art shows with friends from Otis College of Art and Design. Reedus has continued develop his distinctive style, which revolves around the recurring theme of making the disturbing beautiful.
His work has been exhibited in Berlin, Hamburg, New York City, San Francisco, and LA; published in a limited edition collector’s volume titled The Sun’s Coming Up…Like a Big Bald Head (Authorscape 2013) and sold at auction at Sotheby’s.
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