Robert Maxwell Shoots Leonardo DiCaprio for New York Magazine
Robert Maxwell photographed the enchanting Leonardo DiCaprio – in black and white – for the front of New York Magazine's fall preview issue. "I was actually asked to shoot in color, but I said, 'Would you mind if I tried black and white, too?' " recounted Maxwell. "When they made the initial edit, they were looking at the color shots; however, someone in the photo heavens helped me out and pushed for a black-and-white cover, which is rare. It's happened only a few times in my career."
He approached the commission in the same manner that he takes on all portraits: "I simply try to flatter people and in this case, I didn't have to work real hard at it ... it makes all the sense in the world why [DiCaprio] is such a heartthrob." Maxwell describes himself as "not really a concept guy," who doesn't mull over his gigs beforehand. "I wait until I'm on set, I feel his or her personality, and try to take a cue from that," he explained. "[DiCaprio] was very open-minded, which I appreciated."
After two decades behind the lens, Maxwell still experiences a rush upon seeing his completed art at the newsstand. "It's not as exciting as the very first time I was published ... that night, in fact, it was probably for two or three nights, I couldn't sleep because I knew my images were coming out. I slept after the Leo cover came out," he remarked with a laugh, "but it still feels great to be working with good clients, good talent, and to have my work treated well. I'm not jaded yet."