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HuffPost: The Story Behind That Photo Of Leo Texting After His Oscar Win

Veteran celebrity photographer Jeff Vespa is responsible for the viral image.

It took Leonardo DiCaprio five nominations to win an Oscar and one photo to prove he was chill about it.

You remember the one: Leo, seated away from the crowd at the Vanity Fair party, head bent over a phone while his Oscar sits on the floor between his legs. Just a casual night out in an Armani tux.

Evidence of an A-lister acting normal after scoring Hollywood’s biggest prize is made for online vitality, and the Leo photo didn’t disappoint. Even Oscar winners need to text their buddies, right?

Jeff Vespa, a veteran celebrity photographer who used to work for Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema, was the lucky person to snap the picture. Vespa has captured Hollywood events since shooting the “Bulworth” premiere in 1998. On that fateful Oscar night last year, he spotted DiCaprio in a corner, an entourage flanking him. Vespa asked to grab the Best Actor winner for a few posed shots, to which his publicist responded, “No problem, just give him a minute.”

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Baltimore Sun: Clooney, Kidman, DiCaprio: Pikesville native Jeff Vespa photographs them all

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“The difference between a great photo and no photo at all,” says Jeff Vespa, “can be one second.”

So says the celebrity photographer who has coaxed memorable portraits from Seth Rogen and Al Pacino, charmed Tilda Swinton and Zoe Saldana and even captured Leo DiCaprio playing with his phone at a Vanity Fair party last year, his treasured Oscar languishing on the floor.

“Everything is timing. … You have to have eyes in the back of your head and keep track of where everyone is and what’s happening everywhere in the room,” says the Pikesville native, 47, from his newly opened studio in suburban Los Angeles. “That is how you get the great shots that people remember.”

Timing has been key to his career: In 2001, he co-founded the photo agency WireImage, which sold to Getty Images in 2007 for $207 million.

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The Wrap: Haley Lu Richardson, Michelle Morgan Top Verge List of Rising Sundance Stars

Jeff Vespa, the official photographer of the Sundance Film Festival since 2003, on Wednesday unveiled his Verge List of emerging talent with movies at this month’s festival in Park City, Utah.

Haley Lu Richardson, Josh O’Connor and Trevor Jackson are among this year’s selections, featured in the new issue of Vespa’s digital magazine, Verge. O’Connor and Harris Dickinson are two actors hailing from the U.K., which Vespa says gives the list a broader range.

“This actually was one of the easiest years for choices,” he told TheWrap. “Every year, this is my favorite story to do. Meeting every actor and knowing this is just the beginning for them. It is fun to be a part of all of that. That is why I like doing this before the festival. Most of them have never been, and I can kind of give them some guidance on what to expect. They are in for a wild ride.”

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L’oeil de la Photographie: Portraits by Jeff Vespa

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Jeff Vespa is one of the most renowned celebrity and portrait photographers. Former editor-at-large for LIFE.com, founder of Verge magazine and co-founder of the photo news agency, WireImage, his lens comes with unprecedented access. He is one of just two photographers allowed to shoot and distribute images from within Vanity Fair’s prestigious Oscar party, and has maintained the title of official photographer of both the Sundance Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival for more than a decade.

Recently Vespa launched the Instagram account @portraits where he will post exclusive outtakes and selects of Hollywood’s most famous faces. Here he shares with us a selection of his most Iconic images.

Follow him at www.instagram.com/portraits

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Article: http://www.loeildelaphotographie.com/2016/01/04/article/159884181/portraits-by-jeff-vespa/

Daily Beast: How Jeff Vespa Takes Such Intimate Celebrity Portraits

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 Jeff Vespa doesn’t ask his famous sitters—like Daniel Radcliffe and Keira Knightley—to do anything outrageous, but they still teasingly reveal themselves under his gaze.

As a child, Jeff Vespa wanted to be a fine artist, but “really needed instant gratification,” as he puts it. So, he put down the paintbrushes and picked up his mother’s camera.“I didn’t have to sit and draw for hours to get photo-realistic drawings,” he says. “Now, I could just take a picture and be done with it.”

Vespa, 45, is well-known today as the co-founder of WireImage, the largest entertainment photograph agency in the world, and as a celebrity photographer—The Daily Beast today carries a series of portraits he has taken of stars, including Sir Michael Caine and Jessica Chastain.

GALLERY: How Jeff Vespa Takes Such Intimate Celebrity Portraits (PHOTOS)
But Vespa’s first big project, undertaken when he was around 14, was to take photographs of his friends in the punk scene of Baltimore, where he grew up. Continue reading

Verge Launches!

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Verge is a new web magazine focusing on emerging talent. I decided to launch the site to combine my film and photography in one place. Please check out all the articles, photos and videos at www.verge.is.

LIFE.com – Backpacking With Sheen and Estevez

Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez at the Toronto FIlm Festival

‘The Way’: Inside a Father-Son Journey

Over a legendary career, he has played many larger-than-life characters — the charming killer of Badlands; the troubled special-ops officer of Apocalypse Now; the leader of the free world on The West Wing. But at 71 years old, in a fickle business that puts a premium on youth, Martin Sheen has found that a meaty and meaningful lead role is hard to come by. Good thing, then, that filmmaking runs in the family.
Sheen’s son Emilio Estevez, the actor-turned-writer/director whose past work includes the Golden Globe-nominated RFK drama Bobby, penned a new movie, The Way, especially for his dad: Opening in theaters October 7, it’s about a grieving, closed-off father experiencing new adventures on the Camino de Santiago, a winding, 500-mile pilgrimage route that ends at a cathedral in Galicia, Spain (where Sheen and Estevez have real family roots). For 40 days in 2009, Estevez directed his dad in the movie’s lead, the two of them and a fleet crew shooting in stunning, spiritual locations in France and Spain. Joining them for about a week in Pamplona and its surrounding towns was LIFE.com editor-at-large Jeff Vespa; here, through Vespa’s photographs and Estevez’s commentary, go behind the scenes of The Way.
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LIFE.com – Portraits: Toronto Film Fest 2011

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George Clooney and Ryan Gosling clown around at the Toronto Film Festival

Director George Clooney and Ryan Gosling joke over a deer-in-the-headlights stare as they take a break from promoting the movie The Ides of March at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2011. The actors are just two of several stars who dropped by photographer Jeff Vespa’s Toronto studio; check daily throughout the festival to see more celebrity portraits made exclusively for LIFE. Check out the full gallery on LIFE.com

LIFE.com Graffiti Legends: Faces Behind Tags

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Cuba - Baltimore circa 1985

The Pioneers of Graffiti: Yesterday and Today

In the eyes of the law, they were simply vandals, their nicknames writ large and garish across train cars, on lampposts, over tantalizingly bare walls. But in the past few years, as the form has morphed into the increasingly popular style known as street art (think Banksy and Shepard Fairey), the original graffiti writers — some of them deep into their 40s and looking more like your cool uncle than the scrappy city kids they once were — are coming into the spotlight as respected forefathers. Many of them make appearances in the April 2011 book The History of American Graffiti by Roger Gastman, who also recently curated a wildly successful, three-and-a-half-month exhibit, Art in the Streets, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Coinciding with the book and the museum show, LIFE.com editor-at-large Jeff Vespa — who spent some of his own youth tagging up Baltimore (see last slide) — caught up with “TAKI 183,” “Risk,” “Cuba,” “Mike 171,” and other graffiti pioneers. In this gallery, LIFE.com presents rare images of their tags from the ’70s and ’80s, plus Vespa’s new portraits of the artists today. Pictured: work by Cuba, who, Gastman says, brought a New York City-style of writing to San Francisco in the early 1980s. Check out the full gallery on LIFE.com

LIFE.com Ginnifer Goodwin: One to Watch

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Ginnifer Goodwin at home in Hollywood.

Ginnifer Goodwin – Sitting Pretty

For about 10 years, she’s been a standout in supporting roles and ensemble casts — playing Johnny Cash’s ex in Walk the Line, date-challenged Gigi in He’s Just Not That Into You, and, most famously, sunny third wife Margene in HBO’s just-wrapped polygamy drama Big Love. But with her new movie, the romantic comedy Something Borrowed (out May 6), Ginnifer Goodwin, 32, finally emerges as the marquee star. “I’ve definitely never worked so much over the course of shooting — I was in almost every single scene!” Goodwin says, calling from her home in Los Angeles on very little sleep. Being the main attraction, of course, means sticking to an unrelenting, cross-country promotional schedule — but in the days leading up to her movie’s big Hollywood premiere, Goodwin carved out some time for photographer and LIFE.com editor-at-large Jeff Vespa, inviting him inside her home and her glamorous work. Here, exclusive photos of the actress — who reveals her obsession with costar Kate Hudson’s belly, the origins of that coveted pixie haircut, and her unfiltered opinions about the questionable heroine she plays in Something BorrowedCheck out the full gallery on LIFE.com.