It’s amazing that it looks intimate with the photographer on the east side of town and the subject on the west. — Michael Bierut
One day last winter I went out to photograph the streets of Manhattan, freshly covered with a thick blanket of snow. Instead, I accidentally spotted the perfect setting for my upcoming portrait of Michael Bierut as I walked past Pentagram’s Fifth Avenue building glowing warmly in the blue light of dusk.
Pentagram has been a very familiar place for me since the 1980’s. I’ve shot for a number of their designers in the United States and overseas and had the honor of collaborating on some of my favorite projects with Peter Harrison, Woody Pirtle, Michael Gericke, David Hillman, and Michael Bierut.
Having Michael stand in Pentagram’s window above his firm’s renowned name seemed like the perfect setting for his portrait. He agreed to the concept perhaps because he liked the fact that he only had to step away from his desk for a few minutes.