January 9, 2011 2

Public Speaking

By michael lavine in

I thought about writing this post last month but with my trip to Australia and all of the holiday madness I never quite got around to it. But now with the New Year my blog posting motivation has been reinvigorated and I am ready to tell the tale of my shoot with Fran Leibowitz! If you haven’t seen the HBO documentary “Public Speaking” of the New York Icon you really should try. Considering the film consists mainly of Fran talking, it’s amazingly entertaining, (and beautifully directed by Martin Scorsese.) The reason? Because Fran is a brilliant satirist who is incredibly opinionated, has an acerbic wit and seems to know everything about everything. Anyway, she arrived at my studio alone and on time for our BUST magazine shoot and we had a lovely time gabbing about everything under the sun. (We talked about the Chilean Miners, how horrible Times Square is now, how amazing technology is these days etc…) She was friendly and funny and I would venture to guess, a great guest at a dinner party. After several hours of chatting and snapping, I can say that the shoot went quite smoothly. My favorite quote from Fran was “The worst photo taken of you in your 20’s is better than the best photo taken of you in your 50’s!”. Plus as an added benefit, we got invited to the incredibly glamorous premiere of “Public Speaking” at the MOMA, and the after party at the Four Seasons. Let me tell you, it seems no one mentioned to the folks at HBO that times were tough, because that was the fanciest spread of food I have ever seen. There were several “all you could eat” seafood bars stocked with lobster and crab meat and table after table of food each representing a different cuisine. The PDN party would have done well with the scraps.

2 Responses to “Public Speaking”

  1. 400 says:

    Very beautiful portraits, thanks for sharing them!

  2. I can imagine she might have not been the easiest person to photograph, but you captured he unique beauty and wit very nicely.

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