Award-winning photographer Norman Seeff’s image of Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs was recently featured on the cover of Time and on the back cover of the Walter Isaacson-penned biography “Steve Jobs”. It was also selected by Apple for their October 19 Memorial Service commemorating Jobs’ life. The 1984 session took place at Jobs’ home in Woodside, CA.
Norman Seeff, who photographed Jobs sitting cross-legged with a new Macintosh on his lap, spoke of Jobs’ intensity and determination, a quality Seeff says he also saw when he photographed musical greats Ray Charles and Tina Turner, and film directors Billy Wilder and Martin Scorsese. “Those people have what I call ‘far vision.’ They look out to the future.” commented Seeff. He continued, “The dreamer always has a vision of the possibilities in the future. That was my sense of Steve.”
Several archival 16″ x 20″ gelatin silver prints from this session are being offered for sale. The collector is also selling other vintage prints of Seeff’s including Joni Mitchell, Andy Warhol, Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Steve Martin and Martin Scorsese and more. See the gallery of images at www.nssilverprints.com.
South African-born Seeff has been photographing and filming cultural, political and historical figures since his arrival to the US in 1969. His subjects range from rock and pop stars such as Mick Jagger, Ray Charles, Michael Jackson and will.i.am to cultural figures including Bob Fosse, Steve Jobs, Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe and Andy Warhol.
A former creative director at United Artists Records, he has photographed and art directed the covers of hundreds of the most influential rock and pop albums including The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street, The Eagle’s Hotel California, Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk and Tina Turner’s Private Dancer.
Beginning with Ike & Tina Turner in 1975, Seeff began filming his photo sessions, using them as a launching point to explore the energy and inspiration of the creative process at work.
His film and tape archive of more than 800 shoots with musical artists, film directors, authors, television personalities, scientists, visionaries and entrepreneurs provides a unique insight of artists and innovators in the act of creation. It is being developed as The Sessions Project for public exhibition.
After 10 years as an A-list director of commercials in the 1990’s, Seeff returned to photography and documentary filmmaking in 1999, directing and producing projects for the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Paramount Television and the California Institute of Technology. Seeff’s recently completed documentary Triumph of the Dream explores the inner dynamics of the creative process of the engineers and scientists responsible for landing the two Rovers on Mars in 2004.