Hillary Clinton by Douglas Friedman on New York Magazine
Douglas Friedman's portrait of Hillary Rodham Clinton fronts this week's New York Magazine. The photograph, taken during Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State, accompanies Joe Hagan's much-talked-about piece "Hillary, in Midair." Hagan writes: "Three years before November 8, 2016, she's working hard to be relaxed, calm, easy. But, all the while, the old Clinton gears are whirring."
Friedman and his crew constructed the set in the State Department's basement and brought it upstairs on the morning of the shoot. "We only had ten minutes with her," he noted, "so I was nervous and thinking, Will I get the picture? She came in and introduced herself ... and then she started asking me questions about being a photographer. She wanted to know how I got into it and what I'm interested in subject-wise. Before I knew it, I spent five minutes talking about myself and realized I had five minutes left and needed to focus on the photograph."
Thankfully, Clinton is a generous subject. "It was fast, but she allowed me to capture many different moods," Friedman remarked. "It was super satisfying and certainly a pivotal moment in my career."