Trey Hill Photographs

the way in

Posted in celebrity, inspiration, photography by Trey on February 11, 2009

“I’m more interested in a photography that is ‘unfinished’ – a photography that is suggestive and can trigger a conversation or dialogue. There are pictures that are closed, finished, to which there is no way in.”

– Paolo Pellegrin

I came across a truly brilliant portfolio of images that Paolo Pellegrin did for the New York Times. And when I say truly brilliant, I am not speaking in my typical tone of hyperbole.


The images not only represent access – both physical access, into the homes and lives of these people, and emotional access, revealing the unfinished bits in the private worlds of public people – but the presentation that the NYT has used is outstanding – the images are big and nothing about the site distracts from the image. I particularly liked the insight that Lynn Hirschberg adds in the commentaries.

And then there’s the edit; this is the part of photography that really sets the great stuff apart from the rest. I have to think that for each of the 8 subjects there are dozens of breathtaking images and yet, they’ve found a way to pare down each story to its essence, leaving you completely satisfied with what you’ve experienced.

There are a few of my favorites after the jump.


Mickey Rourke by Paolo Pellegrin/Magnum Photos, for The New York Times


Frank Langella by Paolo Pellegrin/Magnum Photos, for The New York Times


Robert Downey Jr. by Paolo Pellegrin/Magnum Photos, for The New York Times


Sean Penn by Paolo Pellegrin/Magnum Photos, for The New York Times


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  1. Scott said, on February 13, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Although you didn’t highlight my favorites, there is without question no hyperbole going on here. I was drawn to a bunch of the lens obstructions and reflections.

  2. Kevin said, on May 29, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Awesome. Thank you so much for putting this on your site. I was so impressed by his style. Very quieting.

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