• Donny Lewis

Greg Gorman: The Iconic Photographer that claims, "Its Not About Me"


Kevin Costner by Greg Gorman
Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner


The Immagis Gallery in Munich was the European launch of the delayed, due to covid, tour of Greg Gorman’s new show and book “It’s Not About Me”.


Well, what a title for a book full of intimate portraits of the most iconic celebrities of the last 50 years.


Johnny Depp by Greg Gorman
Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp

It is a retrospective of a career that is still ongoing as the album cover photo of Elton John’s latest release clearly shows. “It’s Not About Me”, is a look at people. It is a look through the lens of a legendary talent. I hate to tell you, Greg, it is all about you.


Elton John by Greg Gorman
Elton John

Elton John


I have been lucky enough to have been on the other end of the lens from Greg on a couple of occasions. Having also been lucky enough to have had many talents in the photographic art space take portraits of me, let me start this tale of Greg Gorman as Hemingway would have wished, with my own experience.


When I walked into Greg’s studio in 2002, I was a young kid that felt very old. The world had become smaller for me after traveling around it a few times. Seven years in the fashion industry with the glamour and shooting with famous names, both alongside me and on the other side of the camera from me, I thought, made me a veteran.


That first day with Greg Gorman, gave me a glimpse of how much I did not know, about the business, and about famous names. Anthony Hopkins just happened to drop by to have lunch with us and look over some images Greg had taken of him, leaving me a bit starstruck, as just one example.


The shoot also taught me about life, when Greg and I would chat between shots about ideas and aspirations, politics and love.


Dustin Hoffman by Greg Gorman
Dustin Hoffman

Dustin Hoffman


When I first viewed the images that came from the camera wielded by Greg, I was shocked again. Even though the first viewing did not allow me to understand the full importance of the images. Don’t get me wrong! They were and are amazing, and I was and am very grateful, but it has been the years since then that the importance of the portraits in my life has come to bear.


Greg’s portraits seem so simple. It may even seem that there is nothing truly remarkable about them, at first glance. They seem like very nice images, but it is in time that you see the artistry that will endure. It is what they capture about the essence that makes them special. When you look a bit deeper at the image’s you see how truly special they are.


Ru Paul  by Greg Gorman
Ru Paul

Ru Paul


When I viewed the images on display at the gallery and in his book it really is breathtaking to see so many people that we think we know. We have seen them for years, many movies, tv shows, documentaries; then there are the portraits that Greg Gorman, and only Greg Gorman, could take.


Bette Midler by Greg Gorman
Bette Midler

Bette Midler


Each one comes with its story. Each story, like each person and each portrait is a personal experience.


Grace Jones by Greg Gorman. Hat and eyes
Grace Jones

Grace Jones


Greg Gorman and Donny Lewis at Immagis Gallery Munich
Greg Gorman and Donny Lewis, Immagis Gallery