Brad Pitt Photographs Angelina Jolie: Results Are Impressive

Brad Pitt Photographs Angelina Jolie: Results Are Impressive

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If the guy wasn't already talented enough, now Brad Pitt is showing off his ability to shoot photos of his gorgeous "wife" and family using black and white film. The photos are quite spectacular and give us all an interesting insight into his life behind closed doors. You will want to see these.

The photos originally went public in the November 2008 issue of W Magazine. Surprisingly though I had not see them till they recently surfaced again on Reddit. According to "W’s Creative Director Dennis Freedman wanted a different perspective for their next feature of Angelina Jolie, revealing an angle yet unseen of one of the most photographed women in the world. The answer couldn’t have been more obvious and ambitious. “I was surprised that Brad accepted the challenge,” said Freedman as Brad Pitt showed interest and enthusiasm in shooting the portraits himself."

To produce the photos for the assignment from W Magazine, Pitt requested rolls of Kodak Tech Pan - a film that had been discontinued back in 2004. The magazine's photo editor however located 40 rolls of the film to send to Pitt to use as requested. Tech Pan was popular with photographers in the fashion industry for it's high contrast black and white results.

While looking over the images I was highly impressed with Pitt's ability to capture images that went far beyond just snapshots around the house. The lighting is beautiful in many of the shots and the composition is fantastic. His subject is of course absolutely stunning and those lips, wow! But who knew that Pitt had such a great eye for capturing photos.

Surprisingly, I also really enjoyed all the grain in the images. I realize this will be something some might complain about in the images, but I actually really found it almost refreshing and reminded me of my days shooting high ISO black and white film in school.

I was glad these images have resurfaced since I missed them on the first go around back in 2008. So what do you think about them? I for one am a bit perturbed that here all this time I thought I had Pitt beat in at least one area (photography) and come to find out now that he is actually quite the contender to beat me there as well. You got my respect Pitt. Now I just need to make sure my wife doesn't see these photos.

[Via Reddit, Via Lomography]

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wow. Anyone with time, money and a camera can make it? really?

And why would it have been more impressive with another camera... the camera is JUST a fucking tool. Like the film, and the post process in the dark room, etc... a tool to explain what HE can see of his wife.

Yes they would be just as amazing if it was your wife in them. don't hate because you can't take pciture THAT good of your wife.

Completely agree. No one should find it surprising that someone who's job it is to make pictures look good can make good pictures.

That's like saying someone who works the sidelines on an NFL team as a water boy should be as fast and powerful as an even the average player on the roster because they are around them all season?! You are kidding right?

The camera is not even a leica m9. You totally fail.

You're a damn idiot.

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All I know is if I took these (or any non celebrity photographer for that matter) I'd be blasted for too much grain, too much contrast (too much like the photos I took in college).....and I'm not impressed with the composition on most of them. The camera he used isn't important as any film camera could have gotten these shots, and any digital camera with the right post work. And like some said, "It's hard not to take an interesting shot of Angelina."

Tobias, you might be true. But these shots are amazing, knowing your light/ getting your subject in that light. Matters more than just some interesting shots of Angelina.

Haters going to hate , but the man did a great job.

Its not hard to take a great photo of a beautiful woman.

a decent photo perhaps, but to make great photography is hard regardless of the model's appearance.

These are cool shots, but off course, An interesting subject makes for an interesting image, access to a unique model is also necessary to capture unique situations of an already hard to find and unique person (being the husband I'd say he had good access), also the trust of the model to the photographer makes a difference, these circumstances would make any decent photographer with some unique images IMO, I like them dough, I like Jolie too :-)

Oh, these are crap.

Not a hater, but why are these so impressive?

They're not super impressive but to start with, he doesn't call himself a photographer, he likely only has a working knowledge of photography but combine that with the fact that she's being photographed not by a stranger, but by someone who actually has a close relationship with her, the very nature of the photos should present a different side of her (in theory). That being said, some of them are what I would consider throw away photos, however I do think that a couple of them are cool because they challenge the conventions of photography and in that way they become "art(istic)". On the whole, I dig them.

Bah, overrated.

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I see 5 really good photos here. Thanks for posting. It's nice to know who in the entertainment industry dabbles in photography. I had no idea that Brad or Orlando were into photography.

i dig em.

Ryan Liu's picture

different people have different perceptions in how they see photography. Please learn how to respect and judge it constructively. Overall, i think this is a very good series especially the expressions.

Totally agreed. I'd like to say this to some of the commenters here: If grain and contrast bother you and yet you don't see the beauty of A.J.'s expressions, I somehow feel you've lost being passionate about photography.

alot of bitter old timers in this thread..i love it! alot of elitist jerkoffs bitching and complaining. how many of us turned in something this good as our first assignment?

"how many of us turned in something this good as our first assignment?"

Plenty, and they turned in MUCH better.

Too bad people actually fall for the PR these two put out about themselves. Saving the world and being "beautiful" must be so tiring...

btw, why am I not surprised to see this showing up on Fstoppers?

"If the guy wasn’t already talented enough, now Brad Pitt is showing off his ability to shoot photos of his gorgeous “wife” and family using black and white film."... AND using black and white film, WHAT A GUY. Who writes this drivel anyways, I'm betting they "Like" Pitt on FB too...

"Plenty, and they turned in MUCH better."
well point me in the right i said a bunch of cranky old timers bitching and complaining

So you want someone to "well point me in the right direction"...

First you need to develop the ability to tell the difference between "good" photography and "Pitt's" photography.

If you truly are unable to tell this difference (and there are more than enough good photographers to compare) then perhaps you should take a course or two at your local college.

Take away Pitt's name from these pics, and all that's left is mediocre, generic black and white shots that wouldn't be given a second look.

The cult of "street photography" is saturated with this kind of stuff, take a bunch of pictures and pick out the "edgy" ones to proclaim your "vision". The trouble is, thousands of others have the same shots as you have, all without anything other than blind luck as to the result.

Yes the old guard of shooting street, Atget, Cartier-Bresson, Frank or even Maisel started the genre of this type of shooting (they actually are simple street style portraits) but unfortunately, Pitt exhibits no actual talent in comparison, and is simply using his and her name to attract "devoted admirers" of all they touch.

Good grief, I wish we could all get over the idea that poorly exposed, out of focus and badly lit and composed photos are art. But it seems the Emperor's New Clothes phenomenon continues.

It's sad we're nof famous. We could have grabbed the same amount of recognition for an average shot.

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Complete agreement. How hard would it be to photograph Angelina, she is a freakn' knock out.

Its Interesting reading this article because even before my interested in photography I purchased the magazine and I put it away and never read it till now that I see this pictures.

Oh wow... The commented assumptions and hater rationalizations put forth in response to this article are hilarious.

These days everything is Impressive. Photos are just ok and they look like a party of filters.

I like the pics. He did a good job catching the natural light. But i would love to be a superfamous person too for a while, just for beeing photographed by the best photographers in the world, and having the chance to study how they work.

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