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Michael Tighe

  • Kiefer Sutherland & Ray Liotta, Santa Barbara 2001 © Michael Tighe

  • Allen Ginsberg, New York City 1974 u00a9u00a0Michael Tighe
    Allen Ginsberg, New York City 1974 u00a9u00a0Michael Tighe
  • Andy Warhol & Sylvia Miles @ The Factory, New York City 1976 u00a9 Michael Tighe
    Andy Warhol & Sylvia Miles @ The Factory, New York City 1976 u00a9 Michael Tighe
  • Mikhail Baryshnikov, New York City 1976 u00a9 Michael Tighe
    Mikhail Baryshnikov, New York City 1976 u00a9 Michael Tighe
  • Michael Jackson, New York City 1977 u00a9 Michael Tighe
    Michael Jackson, New York City 1977 u00a9 Michael Tighe
  • Gia, Patti Hansen, Sandy Linter, New York City 1980 u00a9 Michael Tighe
    Gia, Patti Hansen, Sandy Linter, New York City 1980 u00a9 Michael Tighe
  • Diana Vreeland, New York City 1976 u00a9 Michael Tighe
    Diana Vreeland, New York City 1976 u00a9 Michael Tighe
  • Christopher Walken, New York City 1983 u00a9 Michael Tighe
    Christopher Walken, New York City 1983 u00a9 Michael Tighe
  • Harvey Keitel & Robert De Niro, New York City 1983 u00a9 Michael Tighe
    Harvey Keitel & Robert De Niro, New York City 1983 u00a9 Michael Tighe
  • Muhammad Ali, New York City 1986 u00a9 Michael Tighe
    Muhammad Ali, New York City 1986 u00a9 Michael Tighe
  • Elizabeth Taylor, Los Angeles 1989 u00a9 Michael Tighe
    Elizabeth Taylor, Los Angeles 1989 u00a9 Michael Tighe
  • Sean Penn, Los Angeles 1989 u00a9 Michael Tighe
    Sean Penn, Los Angeles 1989 u00a9 Michael Tighe
  • Viggo Mortenson, Omaha Nebraska 1990 u00a9 Michael Tighe
    Viggo Mortenson, Omaha Nebraska 1990 u00a9 Michael Tighe
  • Jack Nicholson & Danny De Vito, Pittsburgh 1992 u00a9 Michael Tighe
    Jack Nicholson & Danny De Vito, Pittsburgh 1992 u00a9 Michael Tighe
  • Oliver Stone, Los Angeles 1992 u00a9 Michael Tighe
    Oliver Stone, Los Angeles 1992 u00a9 Michael Tighe
  • Walter Mathau, Beverly Hills 1992 u00a9 Michael Tighe
    Walter Mathau, Beverly Hills 1992 u00a9 Michael Tighe
  • River Phoenix, Los Angeles 1993 u00a9 Michael Tighe
    River Phoenix, Los Angeles 1993 u00a9 Michael Tighe
  • Sandra Bullock, Los Angeles 1993 u00a9 Michael Tighe
    Sandra Bullock, Los Angeles 1993 u00a9 Michael Tighe
  • Michael Stipe, Los Angeles 1994 u00a9 Michael Tighe
    Michael Stipe, Los Angeles 1994 u00a9 Michael Tighe
  • Patty Smith, Los Angeles 1997 u00a9 Michael Tighe
    Patty Smith, Los Angeles 1997 u00a9 Michael Tighe

1975 is the year I mark as being my first as a professional, I was twenty years old. I decided I wanted to be a portraitist after studying with Philippe Halsman and Arnold Newman. I started out by writing letters to every famous artist, actor, musician, director, writer, politician…  everyone I’d heard of asking to photograph them. I didn’t have any connections to them. But I lived in Manhattan where many of them did. I’d mail my letter with a few of my photos asking for fifteen minutes of their time. The very first week a few wrote back with a yes, amazing! After that I got very intense and driven pursuing all the artists I admired.

The bulk of my work are shoots I’ve arranged this way. If I wanted to photograph someone I’d figure out how to contact them and get my work to them. It was never for pay or publication. It’s just what I wanted to do, people I wanted to meet. And how cool to go to “The Factory” to shoot Andy Warhol simply because I asked and he said yes because he thought my work was good enough. I ended up shooting Andy’s portrait four times. That led to shooting a lot for Interview Magazine. Which led to getting an agent, getting lots of fashion shoots, getting my studio right across the street from “The Factory” and a very bohemian lifestyle.I had a lot of success early on.
 
To keep things interesting, I started shooting heroin.  Made a mess of my life.  Lost everything, ending up broke and homeless.  It took a while, but I got my act together. Starting over just the way I began, mailing the letters.
 
 I moved to Los Angeles in 1991, working mostly in the entertainment business and in that mostly in the movie business.In 2004 I stopped shooting.I  needed a break from it and there were other creative pursuits I wanted to devote myself to . In 2012 I started shooting again.  Loving it more now than I can ever remember.

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