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)

"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.

The Naked Stand-up. "I’m a lot of fun naked, but the lights have to be out." Comic’s comic Warren Durso talks a mean streak in this May’s Esquire. Astute readers might deduce that his quotes came easily. Coaxing Durso to put his full monty where his mouth is and reveal himself for the camera, lights on  -  well, that turned out to be harder than one would expect.
In fact, the New York-born comedian is hardly a virgin to the concept. A recent twisted video at comedy’s vaunted viral outlet, Funny Or Die, features a disturbing dose of Durso’s unfettered flesh. Yet he at first resisted the idea of posing nude for Esquire, especially after he learned the shoot would be conducted without any makeup or hair stylist.
Durso communicated concern over the perceived shortcomings that are ever magnified when you’re still struggling at 50-something to make it in showbiz. How will I look attractive at all, he asked DF photographer Donald Graham. With the acumen and experience to produce the perfect shot for the job, Donald told him that this wasn’t a story about what is attractive - this is about what’s real.
Read Mike Sager’s profile on Warren Durso, "Ugly: It’s just harder if you’re a little short, heavy, and misshapen in this world," in Esquire.
See some of Donald Graham’s most attractive work here and here.

The Naked Stand-up. "I’m a lot of fun naked, but the lights have to be out."
Comic’s comic Warren Durso talks a mean streak in this May’s Esquire. Astute readers might deduce that his quotes came easily. Coaxing Durso to put his full monty where his mouth is and reveal himself for the camera, lights on  -  well, that turned out to be harder than one would expect.

In fact, the New York-born comedian is hardly a virgin to the concept. A recent twisted video at comedy’s vaunted viral outlet, Funny Or Die, features a disturbing dose of Durso’s unfettered flesh. Yet he at first resisted the idea of posing nude for Esquire, especially after he learned the shoot would be conducted without any makeup or hair stylist.

Durso communicated concern over the perceived shortcomings that are ever magnified when you’re still struggling at 50-something to make it in showbiz. How will I look attractive at all, he asked DF photographer Donald Graham. With the acumen and experience to produce the perfect shot for the job, Donald told him that this wasn’t a story about what is attractive - this is about what’s real.

Read Mike Sager’s profile on Warren Durso, "Ugly: It’s just harder if you’re a little short, heavy, and misshapen in this world," in Esquire.

See some of Donald Graham’s most attractive work here and here.

Great on-field play is bound to get noticed — DF photographer DONALD GRAHAM’s work on the National Football League’s Breast Cancer Awareness project is generating some kudos worth sharing.
The NFL’s Cindy Swabsin writes, “Donald is so wonderful to work with! He was perfect for the Breast Cancer Awareness shoot. All the survivors loved him, and you could see that he really cared about all of them.” Art Director Chris Stackhouse praises Donald’s “tremendous eye, a great spirit and uncanny way with people.” 
We couldn’t have said it better!

Great on-field play is bound to get noticed — DF photographer DONALD GRAHAM’s work on the National Football League’s Breast Cancer Awareness project is generating some kudos worth sharing.

The NFL’s Cindy Swabsin writes, “Donald is so wonderful to work with! He was perfect for the Breast Cancer Awareness shoot. All the survivors loved him, and you could see that he really cared about all of them.” Art Director Chris Stackhouse praises Donald’s “tremendous eye, a great spirit and uncanny way with people.” 

We couldn’t have said it better!

This month DONALD GRAHAM will be making his first appearance on the film festival circuit. Graham’s directorial debut, “Isabella,” was inspired by Patricia Lynn Reilly’s poem, “Imagine A Woman” and features dancer/choreographer Ingrid Graham. The short film will be screened at 5pm Saturday, April 30 at the Brecht Forum as part of the International Dance For Camera Marathon during WestFest 2011.

The Brecht Forum is located at 451 West Street, New York City. For more information on this FREE event, click here.

DONALD GRAHAM’s photography is featured in ARIA Multimedia Entertainment’s HIP-HOP: A CULTURAL ODYSSEY. This week the Grammy Museum debuted an interactive special exhibit to celebrate the release of this lush, 420-page book exploring hip-hop’s rich history and global impact.
420, heh.

DONALD GRAHAM’s photography is featured in ARIA Multimedia Entertainment’s HIP-HOP: A CULTURAL ODYSSEY. This week the Grammy Museum debuted an interactive special exhibit to celebrate the release of this lush, 420-page book exploring hip-hop’s rich history and global impact.

420, heh.