Over the last 30 years, Chris Buck has photographed some of the world’s most famous people: politicians, musicians, A-list actors. Each shoot has a story, and Buck shares many of them in his retrospective book ‘Uneasy’. The book’s title reflects Buck’s personal anxieties, he said, and he often tries to bring that discomfort to the set.
‘Without really intending to, I developed a style around that kind of awkwardness’, he said. ‘And very soon, I was putting that onto my subjects and having them live out my unease’. The result? Fun, unpredictable portraits that grab your attention in a crowded media landscape.
Buck comes to each shoot prepared with around a half-dozen ideas: about the environment, the lighting, the props, the poses. ‘And then we might only do three of them’, he said. ‘And of those three, maybe only one really works well’.