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.

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