Robert Whitman grew up in Minneapolis and focused his studies on theater. He traveled around the world before getting a degree in international relations. He eventually gained interest in photography and moved back to Minnesota to shoot for a modeling agency.
Creative Opportunities (07:14)
Whitman argues that not having any technical training gave him more creative freedom. He explains how people are comfortable working with him, and photography helped him see the world anew. After leaving a successful but unsatisfying job in New York, he created a new portfolio in Miami.
Whitman and John Immesoete discuss the challenge of transition and self-doubt. When creatives at Leo Burnett saw his photographs in Men's Health, they asked him to photograph a Dewar's campaign. He describes his love for every element of his work, from taking photos to collaborating with creative people.
Photographing Prince (07:10)
While working at a small ad agency in Minneapolis, Whitman had the opportunity to photograph Prince. He describes his process of learning and experimenting, arguing that the photos are special because they capture Prince before fame. Immesoete and Whitman discuss the power of inexperience, creativity, passion to create something new.
Transition to Digital Age (08:24)
Immesoete suggests that now it is harder to make a living as a photographer since advertising and budgets have shifted. Whitman argues that there is less in-person work and less time on each project, but there are more outlets for artistic work than ever. He still enjoys older technology and viewing photos in tactile ways.
Whitman expresses his love for photography and the lifestyle it has allowed him. He enjoys working with people and inspiring people through his creative working style and photographs. He recalls how people have thanked him for bringing his creativity and laughter into their lives.
Credits: A Conversation With Robert Whitman: Conversations with Giants (00:30)
Credits: A Conversation With Robert Whitman: Conversations with Giants
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