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"They're the ones that haunt you: the ones you missed. Your timing was off, your battery died, your card was full, you hesitated, were lazy, didn't have the nerve, chickened out, quit too soon, bailed on the weather, opted for dinner"

- Gregory Heisler



It has been said that photographer and educator Gregory Heisler possesses "the eye of an artist, the mind of a scientist, and the heart of a journalist." Renowned for his technical mastery and thoughtful responsiveness over a career spanning more than 35 years, his enthusiasm, curiosity, and drive are manifested in his hands-on approach to all aspects of the image making process.

Having photographed luminaries ranging from Bill Clinton to Bruce Springsteen, he is perhaps best known for his more than 70 cover portraits for TIME magazine.  His iconic portraits and innovative visual essays have graced the covers and pages of many other magazines, including LIFE, Esquire, Fortune, GQ, GEO, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and The New York Times Magazine.  He has also photographed major advertising campaigns for such clients as American Express, Benson & Hedges, Dewar's, Ford, Guinness, Marlboro, Merrill Lynch, Nike, Pfizer, Reebok, and United Technologies.

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Gregory Heisler, Portrait photographer

Greg Heisler discusses his career and passion for photography in our series of videos introducing our Explorers of Light.