Michael Lewis on How Great Portraits Are Made

April 4, 2014

By Holly Stuart Hughes

© Michael Lewis

Before photographing the sketch comedy team Key & Peele for The New York Times, Michael Lewis asked them for their ideas, and shared a lesson he had learned about planning portrait concepts when Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers rejected his idea and took control of a shoot.

Before Michael Lewis photographed the stars of Key & Peele, a sketch comedy show on Comedy Central, he first asked for their thoughts about how they wanted to be photographed. Photographers sometimes come up with a “gag,” says Lewis, who was on assignment for The New York Times, but he told Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, “I don’t think I should be telling you...

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