Greg Gorman

Greg Gorman 2012 Montreux Jazz Festival
Greg Gorman © DR


As you can imagine, the image of this 46th edition has caused a lot of ink to flow. It presents in a luxurious gradient of grey the body of a young 21 year old ephebe naked in the dunes of a Californian desert. Somewhere between a Renaissance sculpture, a perfume ad and a George Michael record cover, Greg Gorman’s photo opened the festival to new aesthetic horizons. It was the first commission placed with a photographer. Famous portraitist, the American Greg Gorman has immortalised many celebrities in his fifty-year career, including Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan, Elton John and Marina Abramovic. He described his portrayal as a suspended moment that translated into an image the graceful moments conveyed by music.