Podcast: Get Serious with Chris Buck


We are delighted, at the B&H Photography Podcast, to present our chat with acclaimed portrait photographer Chris Buck. Buck is an in-demand celebrity and advertising photographer, but he also maintains ongoing personal projects, such as his current series, “Gentleman’s Club.” We speak with him on a range of topics, from concept development, shooting technique, and gear, to editing decisions and self-publishing.

With a flexible yet unmistakable style that blends insight, a touch of dry, almost absurdist humor, and a pinch of the darkness within, Buck has photographed a host of luminaries from the worlds of film, music, and politics, including four of our last five Presidents. His most recent book, Uneasy, is a 30-year compendium of incredible portraits; we discuss the making of this book and, of course, some of his most recognized images. We also speak with Buck about process: his “three tiers of ideas,” thoughts on humor, his adjustment to digital photography, and DSLR versus medium format. In this wide-ranging conversation, Buck opines on his relationship with subjects, the nature of portraiture, his influences from pop culture and photography, and how “being relaxed and having fun are the enemies of a good Chris Buck photo.”

Guest: Chris Buck

Barack Obama, from the book, "Uneasy" © Chris Buck
Elvis Costello, from the book, "Uneasy" © Chris Buck
George McGovern, from the book, "Uneasy" © Chris Buck
Leonard Cohen, from the book, "Uneasy" © Chris Buck
Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly, from the book, "Uneasy" © Chris Buck
Steve Martin, from the book, "Uneasy" © Chris Buck
Steve Martin, from the book, "Uneasy" © Chris Buck
William F. Buckley, from the book, "Uneasy" © Chris Buck
Jonathan Millet, from the "Gentleman’s Club" series © Chris Buck
Vincent Rodriguez, from the "Gentleman’s Club" series © Chris Buck
Chris Buck on the B&H Photography Podcast © John Harris
Allan Weitz and Chris Buck © John Harris


Host: Allan Weitz
Senior Creative Producer: John Harris
Producer: Jason Tables
Executive Producer: Lawrence