Counted among legends like Richard Avedon and Irving Penn, Christopher Wahl is certainly a photographer that will define a time in image making. Global News 16x9 correspondent Carolyn Jarvis takes us behind the scenes with this portrait master as he shares his insights with us. He has photographed everyone from the Pope to the President and still remains grounded. When a man like that speaks, I think it's time to listen. Especially when the photo editor at Toronto Life Magazine, says of the hundreds of photos typically taken at a shoot, Wahl often submits only one.
“He’ll send one photo and say this is the shot,” says Neuhaus. “But he’s earned that.”
I hope that one catches your attention. He's earned it because his personal standards are so high that his clients know he won't fail them. Once you're past "The Wahl Show" as he calls it, you find an undeniable and overwhelming pursuit of perfection. From his 20 year career as a professional photographer Wahl will say he may have "10 good images." Even with all of that however, the most captivating part of this photographic icon is why he's chosen to stay located in Toronto, Canada rather than a major market like New York.
For this writer, Wahl's work has my admiration...but that choice has my absolute respect.
(Oh, and the interview ends around the 10 minute mark...but those of you that are parents should consider watching until the end for a segment on magnets and your kids.)