Sorting through the ebb and flow. Rare is the artist who welcomes a line of questions that dig and probe in attempts to uncover the deeper meaning of one’s work. Particular in the visual arts, the work is often said to speak for itself. Freddy Martinez steps up to the challenge in a new interview with Maarten de Boer for PhotoWhoa, eliciting from his subject a fresh and revealing candor that, in its offbeat openness, reflects the spirit we see de Boer capture so consistently in his photography. An excerpt of their conversation:

Were you ever unsure of your talents? When did you realize you could make it?

I really love this question. I think I’m always unsure of my talent. It’s either in my nature to be this way, or its just a healthy state of being. I’m always wanting to learn more, do more, change it up as I go, while maintaining my core sensibility. There is an ebb and flow to the world of photography, things change, some things stay the same, but I feel photographers should always be looking to improve and evolve. It’s what keeps it exciting. I love new and different challenges. And when did I realize I could make it? Hah. I’ll let you know when I do. If you had showed me my portfolio today, 5 or 10 years ago, I would have rejoiced and told you that “I had made it!” But being where I am now, I’m still unsure…There is so much more to being successful in this business than just raw talent. You have to be resilient, business savvy, good with your money, knowledgeable and most of all prepared for your lucky breaks.

Click here to read the full interview at PhotoWhoa, and check out more of Maarten de Boer’s work at DF dot com.


Leonardo DiCaprio photographed by Maarten de Boer

Leonardo DiCaprio photographed by Maarten de Boer

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A sight for sore eye? David Morrissey’s “The Governor” character made a momentous return to The Walking Dead series last week. This portrait of Morrissey by Maarten de Boer is an indelible homage to actor and role.

A sight for sore eye? David Morrissey’s “The Governor” character made a momentous return to The Walking Dead series last week. This portrait of Morrissey by Maarten de Boer is an indelible homage to actor and role.

What’s red, blacklisted and blue all over? On this week’s TV Guide cover, it’s an azure-clad James Spader, whose Raymond “Red” Reddington character leads the ensemble cast of NBC’s new drama, The Blacklist. 
Maarten de Boer took the cover photo of Spader while on the star-studded TV Guide yacht at San Diego Comic-Con.  ”Even though those three days were a blur shooting celebrity after celebrity,” de Boer says, “shooting James stood out in my head.  He was cool, calm, collected.”
That even keel certainly comes across in this portrait. Great work, Maarten—and a happy 60th anniversary to TV Guide!

What’s red, blacklisted and blue all over? On this week’s TV Guide cover, it’s an azure-clad James Spader, whose Raymond “Red” Reddington character leads the ensemble cast of NBC’s new drama, The Blacklist

Maarten de Boer took the cover photo of Spader while on the star-studded TV Guide yacht at San Diego Comic-Con.  ”Even though those three days were a blur shooting celebrity after celebrity,” de Boer says, “shooting James stood out in my head.  He was cool, calm, collected.”

That even keel certainly comes across in this portrait. Great work, Maarten—and a happy 60th anniversary to TV Guide!

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Jayde Rossi by Maarten de Boer

Timothy Olyphant by Maarten de Boer

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Mo’ Miley, no problems. What a week for Ms. Cyrus. While nowhere near as frenzied as the aftermath to her performance at the VMAs, the days leading up to her gig hosting SNL this weekend were scandalously framed by a quickly spiraling feud with Sinead O’Connor.

At the same time, a more understated side of the pop star was revealed, as shots from her shoot for Fashion Magazine with photographer Chris Nicholls emerged. While Cyrus’s tweets elicited wrath, her Instagram-ed outtake from the session with Nicholls received more likes than any other image on Miley’s Instagram account.

"We had a great day together," says Nicholls. "We shot the images at my friend’s amazing house in the Hollywood Hills a week after the VMAs. [Cyrus] was funny, sexy, confident and relaxed. I took her passport photo for her—she was leaving for Germany the next day. I think she is having the time of her life."

Check out more of Chris’s work here. For booking inquiries, contact reine.gonnet@danieleforsythe.com.

An American Psycho author in Paris. This past weekend, the work of DF’s resident “celebrity whisperer” Donald Graham was featured on the cover of M: le magazine du Mondethe weekly periodical published by French newspaper Le Monde. The subject was none other than the writer Bret Easton Ellis, whose film The Canyons has opened in sync with its star Lindsay Lohan’s much-publicized release from rehab. Additional shots, of the infamous author in repose, accompany the magazine’s profile on Ellis and also graced the front of Friday’s daily edition.

Says Graham, “This was a particularly enjoyable assignment as I love the opportunity to work with people who influence and change our world. Bret’s novels have great impact and influence on modern novelists. I immediately dove into Less Than Zero and Glamorama, and identify with the raw realism in his writing. Making photographs with Bret was a wonderful experience as he is a gracious and generous person with a unique and thought provoking personality.”

Donald has also just relaunched his own website, and it looks stellar. Visit www.donaldgraham.com to check out the redesign and updated portfolio.

(Images via Le Monde)

Why are these folks smiling? We’ll attribute the carefree expressions to a photo shoot gone well. On the other hand, it’s hard not to grin when one is hard at work relaxing in Kauai. 
Mark Arbeit (the handsome one, at right in the top pic) photographed the perenially dashing Pierce Brosnan at the Hawaii residence Brosnan and his wife Keely share, for the current issue of Hi Luxury magazine.
Arbeit shares the outtakes above, along with the inside scoop we’d suspected all along:  ”Pierce was a very cool to work with, generous, lots of energy, down to earth.”

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Sir Anthony Hopkins by Mark Arbeit.

Sir Anthony Hopkins by Mark Arbeit.

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Off the cuff. Maarten de Boer captures some impromptu moments with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt and Colin Hanks backstage at Acker & Blacker’s old-time radio production, The Thrilling Adventure Hour. This Saturday the show will be gracing the stage of the San Francisco SketchFest with guest stars Mr. Hanks, John Hodgman, Reggie Watts, Keegan-Michael Key and more improv talents.

Off the cuff. Maarten de Boer captures some impromptu moments with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt and Colin Hanks backstage at Acker & Blacker’s old-time radio production, The Thrilling Adventure Hour. This Saturday the show will be gracing the stage of the San Francisco SketchFest with guest stars Mr. Hanks, John Hodgman, Reggie Watts, Keegan-Michael Key and more improv talents.

"Focusing on what’s going on inside the person."  In a recent issue of Shutterbug, our own Donald Graham zooms in on the details of his experiences as a photographer, from getting his professional start to breaking down the elements of his favorite shots.

Daniele Forsythe Photographers is proud to announce that Maarten de Boer has now joined our team! The casually glamorous portraits shown above, of thespian heartthrobs Zooey, Ewan and Olivia, offer a glimpse of his unique vision.

We could go on, about our fondness for his iconic, expressionistic rendering of Tony “Buster Bluth” Hale, for instance. In fact, Maarten’s impressive client list includes everyone from Digitas, Paramount Studios and Samsung to publications such as Time, Entertainment Weekly and Shape. And, he’s got a cool Tumblr.

With so much to like, it’s no wonder that we jumped at the chance to represent this talented, LA-based (by way of Scotland and Holland) photographer.