Thursday, April 9, 2009

Who doesn't want more Kobe?



Assignment: Kobe Bryant for Complex Magazine in Sacramento, CA
Photo Editor: Marian Isel Barragan
Photo Assistants: Ricardo Richey and Dawn Pavli
Stylist: Kelly McCabe
Groomer: Brynn Doering
Chimin In: Noah Callahan-Bever, Complex Editor in Chief and Mark Ecko, Founder 
Retoucher: Vanessa Ynda at FIX Studios
Layout Design: Tim Leong

A few months back I had the uh-may-zing opportunity to photograph the multi talented Kobe Bryant for the cover of Complex Magazine. We had an hour with the mega star who was pleased to sit and even more pleased to listen to Wu Tang's first album. 

It's rare that a magazine picks some of the best imagery and uses design that complements and showcases both the concept and the photography. A true collaboration from initial ideas with the photo editor, to a willing subject, to the final phenomenal layout by Tim Leong. If only we could have had 5 or 6 more pages ;-) Here a few that didn't make the cut.
           

Paul Washburn also made some nice video of the shoot and interview for complex.com. Here's a little cut that Paul souped up exclusive for this blog. 

video

The nicest womanizer I ever met.