• 8.30.10

    Jim Wright's Covers and PDN Faces Award

    Jim Wright has been busy this year. If you've walked by a newsstand, you've probably seen his work on multiple magazine covers. Wright shot Bruce Willis, Gerard Butler, and Brett Favre for three issues of Men's Journal, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Emma Thompson for Good Housekeeping, Claire Danes for Access, Hugh Grant, Chris Noth, and Sylvester Stallone for three issues of Cigar Aficionado, and Rachel Ray for multiple issues of Every Day with Rachel Ray.

    It comes as no surprise that Wright is one of the winners of PDN Faces contest. His physically grueling shoot with Bruce Willis for Men's Journal is one of the judge's top picks. We asked Wright to comment on some of his memorable covers after the jump.

    One of the winning shots for PDN's Faces Awards

    Back to back Men's Journal covers

    Wright almost drowned while shooting Gerard Butler on the beach and had to dodge punches from Bruce Willis for Men's Journal. Comments Wright on Butler, "We both got pummeled by waves in Malibu." On shooting with Willis: "I screamed at Bruce Willis to give me more and he yelled right back at me. We both were really going at each other until we got the perfect frame."

    Claire Danes for Access, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Emma Thompson for Good Housekeeping

    Wright on shooting Claire Danes: "Claires Danes is just a true beauty."

    Wright on shooting Maggie Gyllenhaal and Emma Thompson: "It was just like hanging out with friends. Emma is just so much fun and you can just tell how much admiration Maggie had for her. There's a real mutual respect between those two and it shows in the images."

    Wright's advice for other aspiring photographers is "Learn your craft. Learn how to shoot film without the help of an assistant. You'd be surprised."

    Check out more of his editorial work here and look for two new covers of Men's Fitness by Jim Wright coming soon!

    PDN Faces Award
    Watch behind the scenes of Maggie Gyllenhaal and Emma Thompson shoot for Good Housekeeping
    Jim Wright

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