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Bob Simon (60 Minutes)

In Portraits on August 4, 2010 at 12:00 pm

A few months ago I was lucky to be invited to an amazing lecture series at the MOMA in NYC sponsored by The Americas Business Council Foundation. Here is a link The lecture featured some amazing people talking about things in their lives that were deemed to of required courage. Included in the lecture series was Richard Branson, Philippe Petit, Bob Simon. As well as many others. They spoke of standing up for their rights to drug dealers and politicians, of being kidnapped or trying to change the future of a whole city. I was inspired to say the least. During one of the breaks I managed to introduce myself to Bob Simon. I had not really known too much about him other then he was a host on 60 Min. I found out that he had been a hostage in the first gulf war and that thanks to that fact Google was not around at the time his life was most likely spared due to some of his political leanings. I introduced myself to him and like I do often I asked if he would be open to me doing some portraits of him. He agreed and about a month later I went up to the 60 minutes office to have a bit of a scout. After looking around the office I found a great room that I guess is used for some video work. We agreed to shoot the following week. He is a fascinating man who has seen his share of man’s ability to both build and destroy. I’m hoping this will be the start of a series of portraits of other journalists. Enjoy.