Michael Symon from Chef Photographer Speaks on Grant Achatz, Michael Symon (Slideshow)

Chef Photographer Speaks on Grant Achatz, Michael Symon (Slideshow)

Ethan Hill
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Michael Symon

"We shot in his apartment in New York; that seemed to be the most convenient. We just cleared out the living room and shot in there. I had built a few things because he’s so meat-centric, and pork-centric, so I traced a butcher’s pig onto two pieces of plywood, so we would have the graininess of the plywood as a backdrop with the butcher’s illustration.

We needed a straight portrait as a secondary thing, so he showed us these custom leather knife bags he had gotten made for himself and a few of his friends. He had met a leather worker and he had them commissioned, so the bag was special to him. [What ended up running] was a variation on a super straight shot."