Tom Junod of Esquire Magazine

August 27, 2014 | Editorial Photography








Tom Junod is a writer for Esquire Magazine and is quite well known for his article, The Falling Man. I photographed Tom in his home office in Atlanta as a continuation of authors and writers photographed in the space where they work.

Here’s a list of ten great articles by Tom. I appreciate Tom being patient with me as I continued to work on my stitching techniques while shooting his portrait. I didn’t want to go into this project using wide angle lenses so I stitched several images to create the first two images above. It’s a slow process that requires a bit of patience from my subject but the resulting image is worth it at the end of the day. I particularly love the B&W image of Tom above. On a commercial shoot I would have moved things in the background to get his head in a cleaner spot but since this is about the space and place where he works I did not want to disturb a thing. I worked this angle, that angle, another angle and no matter where I could get my camera, there was something in the background to deal with. I stopped worrying about  all that and just concentrated on finding his best angle where he was most comfortable. At the end of the day it is more important to let your subject shine and give up on a few of your own rules now and then as long as the resulting photograph is honest and true. 

Photographed for Atlanta Magazine.





  • Kristina Juarbe said on August 27, 2014

    Great images!!

  • Sean said on August 27, 2014

    Brilliant work! Superb lighting and composition.

  • Trevor said on August 28, 2014

    Hey Zack, the background, to me, gives me some insight as to the internal dialogue of Tom. Your image speaks volumes about him physically, but I think the background adds more depth to him as a person. Great images

  • Justin Thor Simenson said on August 28, 2014

    I like the stack of papers on the right of the first image. I think if that element was in the frame of the second image it would add a little more to the story. It would mess up the aspect ratio though.
    Great work for sure. This stitching thing seems labor intensive but you obviously enjoy it and that comes through in the image.

  • Chris Hood said on August 28, 2014

    Those are really nice. I like that you didn’t go all “this lens, aperture, snoot, reflector, blah blah blah bullshit.”
    Here’s a dude, cool dude, this is what he does, here is a cool photo of a cool dude in his cool surroundings…. Cool

  • Zack said on August 28, 2014

    Thanks Chris. I’m bringing this blog back to basics. Here’s a shoot I did. Here’s some little details. Done. All the rest of the photo blah blah blah will be on DEDPXL from here on out!


  • Dubois said on August 28, 2014

    Hi Zack, great photos ! Which camera have you used for this shooting ?

  • Zack said on August 29, 2014

    @Dubois – This was shot with a Phase One DF camera with a Phase IQ140 digital back.


  • Paul Bowers said on August 30, 2014

    Zack, have you tried the stitching technique with the x100s? If so, were you satisfied with the results, as in good enough for commercial work?

    Really like the simplicity look of the shots above.


  • Zack said on September 1, 2014

    I have stitched x100s images and love the look. It can work for most commercial applications.


  • Simon Leung said on September 3, 2014

    Great images and excellent composition. Thank you, Zack for helping me to find inspiration through your work and as a added bonus through your honest opinion about Fuji X-series cameras. I am a recent Fuji convert, even though the X-10 may not be everyone’s camera it is still a class of it’s own.


  • Jim Robertson said on September 4, 2014

    Beautifully done, Zack. I want his hair.

  • Richard Wintle said on November 25, 2014

    A bit late with this question – but why stitching with the Phase? Might be a naive question but is this simply about getting the perspective you wanted in a tight space without using a wide lens, rather than “that big stitched look”?

    And, having asked that – would you ever consider using a smaller pixel count camera like your Fujis in this situation, knowing you were going to stitch, or would you always start with the Phase regardless?


  • Zack said on January 15, 2015

    I’ll be doing posts on stitching.


  • Queenstown Photographer said on December 17, 2014

    Love the pensive look. Great work Zach :)

  • Cooper Neill said on May 27, 2016

    Lovely work as always, Zack!

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