Iman on the SCENE by Douglas Friedman
SCENE Magazine enlisted Douglas Friedman to capture supermodel-turned-supermogul Iman for its March cover story.
"It's thrilling to work with such a legend – the most important photographers of our time have worked with her," Friedman remarked. "She was so professional and warm, and shared all of these incredible anecdotes about the high points in her career ... and she's great in front of the camera. For some of the frames, we'd set up and take a test shot to check the way that the lighting interacted with the clothing, makeup, and hair, and she would come over, look at the monitor, and say, 'You got it,' and leave to change – which was clever. Sometimes the test shot is the right picture and then you spend an hour trying to recreate that moment." Given her experience, Friedman thought of the commission as a collaboration: "I explained the narrative and Iman ran with it – and elevated it."
He added that the team spent the day in a small Brooklyn studio. "We were all on top of each other, but Iman said, 'It reminds me of my beginnings as a model and we would shoot in these tiny spaces in Paris, and it was always so exciting,' " he noted. "It was generous of her to embrace the surroundings and find the positive side – and she was right. The atmosphere was easy."