The Story Behind This Classic Photo of Steve Jobs

The Story Behind This Classic Photo of Steve Jobs

"We were just sitting, talking about creativity and everyday stuff in his living room. I was beginning to build a level of intimacy with him, and then he rushed off, and came back in and plopped down in that pose. He spontaneously sat down with a Macintosh in his lap. I got the shot the first time.
We did do a few more shots later on, and he even did a few yoga poses—he lifted his leg and put it over his shoulder—and I just thought we were two guys hanging out, chatting away, and enjoying the relationship. It wasn’t like there was a conceptualization here—this was completely off the cuff, spontaneity that we never thought would become a magazine image.
Steve had a sense of humor and was very curious and appreciative of creativity in other people. I found him completely open and himself. I didn’t pick up any arrogance or superiority—he was just being himself, having a great time. It felt like, when we were hanging out, chatting in that lounge, that we were old time buddies, without any hierarchical relationship. As a photographer, I do give direction, but Steve was up for doing anything. We ended up lying on the ground, drinking beer and the images created themselves." -- Norman Seeff

Photographer Norman Seeff has developed a unique style of expressing the process of creativity when working with artists. His low-key candor, professionalism and curiosity make him beloved by many of his photographic subjects. Is it any wonder why he has created some of the most engaging, larger than life images of world icons, see more here.

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