Tony Bennett

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Three years ago I got to hang out with Tony Bennett for an afternoon. Then a few weeks ago, lightening struck twice when Ronnie Weil asked me to shoot him again for Alexandra Wolfe’s Weekend Confidential column in the Wall Street Journal. Just as the first time, we would be meeting Tony at his art studio on Central Park South…

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…but Ronnie had asked men to not concentrate on the studio this time, but instead to go for a classic portrait. Keep it simple. Focus on his personality. So with that as my brief, off we went.

As you can see in the above photo of his studio, there is a lot of natural light to work with. The entire north side of the room is a wall of windows facing the Park, so I decided to use my brand new Canon 5Ds with my equally new Sigma Art lenses with all that light against a black pop-up backdrop. Here is my first test with Kaz…

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But when Tony sat in place, the entire mood changed…

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And as much as we liked the color, I also processed the entire series in black and white as well…and it was kinda awesome…

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And the Journal agreed. Here’s the final page…

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But I wasn’t done yet. I had set up a couple of lights against a wall for a second portrait…

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Thanks to Ronnie for the opportunity…and thanks to Tony for allowing me to hang out with him one more time!

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4 thoughts on “Tony Bennett

  1. I’m so impressed with your work and quite frankly jealous as hell! In a nice way of course ☺️ Portrait photography is everything to me and what you have achieved with the last crooner alive is just wonderful. You have done Tony B so proud with these stunning images as you have captured him in ways I’ve never seen before. Can I ask are these images available to purchase? I might regret asking that question of course but I’d still like to know.

    Yes…I do have a couple of the Tony Bennett portraits printed up for sale. Email me at brad@bradtrent.com and I can let you know sizes & pricing. BT

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