Jamie McCarthy has a job that many people (photographers and non-photographers alike) would kill for: He gets to rub elbows with celebrities and take pictures of them. McCarthy’s been in the industry for 17 years, snapping hundreds of celebrities and getting to know them on a personal level, too.
The photographer was mentored by his uncle, the legendary celebrity and nightlife photographer Patrick McMullan. They worked together for eight (somewhat tumultuous) years before McCarthy decided to give his solo career a shot. He now works for both WireImage and Getty Images.
McCarthy recently spoke with FishbowlNY editor Richard Horgan about his favorite clients, surprising reactions to his work, the ubiquitous TMZ and why building trust with celebrities is essential. Here’s an excerpt:
Has the rise of TMZ affected the way you do your job?
Not really. My team of photographers at Getty, we’re kind of like the anti-TMZ. We’re the guys that are pretty much on the inside. So we’re the guys who want to do the nice photos and make them look good, whereas TMZ and those guys I feel like they’re looking more for the dirt on celebrities. My clients hire me because they know they can trust me and I’m not going to give up secrets about them and I make them look good. I want people who see the photos to say, ‘Wow, she looks beautiful’ or ‘He’s great-looking.’ Also, I only shoot at events where people are expecting photographs to be taken. I’ve never tried to shoot people in their personal lives. That’s not my style.
To learn more about McCarthy and his work, read So What Do You Do, Jamie McCarthy, Celebrity Photographer?
– Aneya Fernando
Among those in attendance Wednesday night for a book event at the Brooklyn Brewery, an establishment owned and operated by former AP war correspondent Steve Hindy, was Abraham Moussako. Today, via the Columbia Journalism Review, he offers a good summary of the conversation that took place about covering the Iraq War.
Joining Hindy was Pulitzer Prize-nominated photojournalist Michael Kamber and two Pulitzer winners featured in his new book Photojournalists on War: The Untold Stories from Iraq – Todd Heisler (New York Times, Rocky Mountain News) and Carolyn Cole (LA Times). Moussako lists the pertinent takeaways, including this truism likely taken for granted by many readers today:
Unlike wars in the past, when photographers were sometimes long gone from the front-line by the time the photos appeared in print, soldiers and their commanders were able to react to photos taken in the morning by that very afternoon. Oftentimes they would criticize the pictures. In some cases, they even used them to target insurgents.