Marc Hom Gets Intimate with Bob Shaye for Space Magazine
Most people may not recognize Bob Shaye to look at him, but everyone knows the biggest risk he ever took: Freddie Krueger. When Wes Craven was first formulating the idea of A Nightmare on Elm Street it was Bob Shaye who took a risk on the struggling director and made the movie happen, changing the horror genre forever and cementing New Line Cinema as a force to be reckoned with. As the years went on, New Line Cinema became a juggernaut with Bob Shaye at the helm making him one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. Photographer Marc Hom goes way back with Bob. “Bob is a very old friend of mine, and he’s a friend of my father’s from back in the 60s before he started New Line Cinema,” says Marc. “After I moved to New York we became good friends.” When Space Magazine got together with Marc to shoot a feature on Bob, Marc wanted to use that relationship as a way to tap into something deeper and get a more honest portrait.
They met at Bob’s home in the Hamptons, a residence that is unique to Bob’s style and has a relaxed atmosphere by design. But Marc wanted to ensure that each photograph brought out something authentic in Bob, so he tailored the production of the shoot to foster that attitude on set. He kept the crew spare so that the communication could be just between him and Bob, with the results in the frame. “It is a more personal, intimate portrait. I thought to just build on that scenario that would be really nice,” explains Marc. “So it was a really low key and quite intimate setting. It was actually quite refreshing. We didn’t have to maneuver around so many people. I could basically just do what I wanted to do, which was great.”
It’s obvious that the way Marc was about to get such intimate portraits is because of the way they set up the shoot, but without the cooperation of Space Magazine, it would have been impossible for Marc to get such intimate portraits. He credits the magazine for enabling such a personal experience. “There’s a much bigger freedom with smaller magazines. And I also think that sometimes people get timid when there’s 25 people around looking at them,” says Marc. “You get to get some more of the soul because people open up in a different way, which is really great. I love that. When you have an idea it’s about executing it and getting it out instead of keeping it inside of your head.” Creative success is all about finding the right partners, and Marc and Space Magazine worked together exactly the way they needed to in order to get the best results possible.