In short

The new Eye of Photography is coming soon!

Dear readers,   We are very pleased to offer you very soon the new website of The Eye of Photograp...

Gösta Peterson, Subtile Fashion Photography, Has Died.

Swedish photographer Gösta Peterson passed away on Friday 30 July at the age of 94. He was a remark...

Christie’s To Sell 400 Photographs From MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art and the New York branch of Christie’s have announced the sale of 400 ...
Steve Schapiro, Martin Luther King Jr. (with Flag), Selma March, 1965 © Steve Schapiro & Fahey/Klein Gallery
Steve Schapiro, Martin Luther King Jr. (with Flag), Selma March, 1965 © Steve Schapiro & Fahey/Klein Gallery

1975 is the year I mark as being my first as a professional, I was twenty years old. I decided I wanted to be a portraitist after studying with Philippe Halsman and Arnold Newman. I started out by writing letters to every famous artist, actor, musician, director, writer, politician…  everyone I’d heard of asking to photograph them. I didn’t have any connections to them. But I lived in Manhattan where many of them did. I’d mail my letter with a few of my photos asking for fifteen minutes of their time. The very first week a few wrote back with a yes, amazing! After that I got very intense and driven pursuing all the artists I admired.

The bulk of my work are shoots I’ve arranged this way. If I wanted to photograph someone I’d figure out how to contact them and get my work to them. It was never for pay or publication. It’s just what I wanted to do, people I wanted to meet. And how cool to go to “The Factory” to shoot Andy Warhol simply because I asked and he said yes because he thought my work was good enough. I ended up shooting Andy’s portrait four times. That led to shooting a lot for Interview Magazine. Which led to getting an agent, getting lots of fashion shoots, getting my studio right across the street from “The Factory” and a very bohemian lifestyle.I had a lot of success early on.
To keep things interesting, I started shooting heroin.  Made a mess of my life.  Lost everything, ending up broke and homeless.  It took a while, but I got my act together. Starting over just the way I began, mailing the letters.
 I moved to Los Angeles in 1991, working mostly in the entertainment business and in that mostly in the movie business.In 2004 I stopped shooting.I  needed a break from it and there were other creative pursuits I wanted to devote myself to . In 2012 I started shooting again.  Loving it more now than I can ever remember.

See more

Michael Tighe

Michael Tighe vit et travaille à Los Angeles.

Photo daily news
River Phoenix
by Michael Tighe

I first met River Phoenix in 1990 in Gainesville, Florida. I’d flown down from New York City. I was shooting him for a magazine. I don’t remember which one. His family had this beautiful wild piece of land on the edge of a swamp. I was there for two days. We smoked po...

Portfolios of readers
Michael Tighe

I know this is really stretching the definition of photography...   but these images are actually photographs. They start out as a half finished painting or drawing which I then photograph. Often using lights to exaggerate the texture and other dramatic effects. Then I ...

Michael Tighe

Michael Tighe : Self Portraits

I have been shooting self-portraits since 1973 when I first got serious about photography. It's something I've always loved doing and even more so as I get older.