Leonard Cohen, Barack Obama, Bjork, Johnny Depp… a steady stream of celebrities has passed before photographer Chris Buck’s lens. A Canadian by birth, but established in New York for several years now, Buck depicts celebrities in unexpected ways, often revealing a darkness within.
Considered one of the best photographers of celebrities in the world, Buck has garnered some 50 prizes in his field and worked for the likes of Google, Diesel, Xerox, GQ, ESPN and The Guardian Weekly Magazine.
Born in 1964, in the week that A Hard Day’s Night topped the charts, he grew up playing hockey, board games and lots of hide & seek with the neighborhood kids. His father worked for Kodak so he decided to go into the family business and become a photographer. His first photographs were of buffalo. The mammal, not the city.
He studied photography at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (1983-1987), working with legendary street photographer Dave Heath (A Dialogue With Solitude, 1965) in his final year.
Chris got his professional start with the Canadian music publications Nerve and Graffiti but soon moved to New York in 1990. He quickly established himself as a sought-after editorial and commercial photographer. His magazine clients include GQ, Esquire, ESPN, New York Magazine, Time, Billboard, Variety and The Guardian Weekend Magazine.
In 2007 he was the first recipient of the Arnold Newman Portrait Prize, and his photography has appeared in some of the world’s most prestigious photo annuals, including 37 works in American Photography over the past eighteen years. His first monograph, PRESENCE: The Invisible Portrait was published by Kehrer Verlag in the fall of 2012. The book feature 50 photographs of celebrities in which they are present, but not visible.
Chris’s other interests include making cocktails, drinking same cocktails, researching Richard Nixon, running, and admiring his cat. But his favorite activity is traveling to Portuguese speaking countries with his wife, Michelle Golden. They have a four-year-old daughter.
He has been called “damaged”, and separately, “clever” but President Donald Trump put it best when he said to Chris “Make this quick, I have many important people waiting for me”.