SECOND UPDATE: I’ve decided to take the photo and video down. No one asked me to. Salonen did not approve the photos and did not wear black make-up when they were taken. They were altered after the shoot without his knowledge. Which I do not approve of.
UPDATE: The photos of Esa-Pekka Salonen taken by Pieter Hugo were computer altered and Salonen was unaware that they would be changed in such a manner.
Here’s the cover of the Autumn issue of Port magazine, published in London. Yes, that’s Esa-Pekka Salonen. I wrote the cover story, but didn’t take the photo. It, and others inside, were snapped by the South African photographer Pieter Hugo, who reportedly thinks that “the portrait is dead.”
I have to admit that I was surprised when I saw the photo because I had no idea it was coming. I suppose it’s avant-garde, meant to push buttons. My interview with Salonen, on the other hand, is in plain English, more or less.
UgLEEEE (pic, that is)
Very “edgy” (if you’re into that sort of thing) …
Really? I think it’s striking. I like the Salonen photos inside too.
More importantly, can we read the story? Is it posted online?
Not posted online, as of yet, at least.
Captures the essence of the guy perfectly.
Really? How?? And what is in your opinion “the guy”‘s essence???
Never found him to be remotely smug.
I’ve met Salonen on several occasions. “Smug” and “poxy” are the absolute last words I would use to describe him.
Looks like I’m among his fans. Onward.
No, Harry Kirchner, you are simply among people who know “the guy” well.