April 11, 2018

Striking Black and White Celebrity Photography by Michael Tighe

Michael Tighe is a talented photographer, who was born in New York City and currently based in Los Angeles, CA. He got into to photography at a very young age.

Started shooting formal portraits during high school and working professionally by 17. After graduating in 1973 he studied with famed portrait photographers Philippe Halsman and Arnold Newman, major influences in his work early on. He was soon shooting regularly for Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine where his career took off. Leading to more magazine work with GQ, Harpers Bazaar, Vogue and some lucrative fashion work through the 1970s.
“1975 is the year I mark as being my first as a professional, I was twenty years old. I decided I wanted to be a portraitist after studying with Philippe Halsman and Arnold Newman. I started out by writing letters to every famous artist, actor, musician, director, writer, politician… everyone I’d heard of asking to photograph them. I didn’t have any connections to them. But I lived in Manhattan where many of them did. I’d mail my letter with a few of my photos asking for fifteen minutes of their time. The very first week a few wrote back with a yes, amazing! After that I got very intense and driven pursuing all the artists I admired.”
He disappeared for several years for personal private reasons... drugs, rehab, drugs, rehab again, rebuilding decimated life, stuff like that.
“To keep things interesting, I started shooting heroin. Made a mess of my life. Lost everything, ending up broke and homeless. It took a while, but I got my act together. Starting over just the way I began, mailing the letters.”
Reemerging better than ever in the early 1980s directing his attention and talents towards the entertainment business shooting for Premiere, Esquire, Time, Newsweek and the major television and movie studios. Eventually moving to LA where he continues to work.

Julia Roberts

Sean Penn

Michael Stipe

Sean Penn with Robin Wright Penn and Dylan Penn

Julia Roberts

Chevy Chase and John Belushi

Kiefer Sutherland and Ray Liotta

Rutger Hauer

Milla Jovovich

Walter Matthau

Allen Ginsberg

Ralph Lauren

River Phoenix

Gary Oldman

Muhammad Ali

Cuba Gooding Jr.

Michelle Pfeiffer

Tim Roth

Cybill Shepherd

Kiefer Sutherland

Milla Jovovich

Andy Warhol

Elizabeth Taylor

Harvey Keitel with his daughter Stella

Julia Roberts

River Phoenix

Armand Assante, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito and J. T. Walsh

Gia Carangi, Patty Hansen, Sandy Linter and Julie Foster

Annabella Sciorra

Patti Smith

Julia Roberts

Amanda Plummer

Alec Baldwin

Viggo Mortenson and Dennis Hopper

River Phoenix and Samantha Mathis

Sean Penn

River Phoenix

Rebecca de Mornay

Matt Goss

Susan Sarandon with her daughter

Oliver Stone

Estelle Parsons

Elsa Peretti

Lorraine Bracco

Joel Schumacher

Kathleen Turner

Jennifer Tilly

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts

Jodie Foster





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