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Marc Hauser was an American photographer

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Marc Hauser was an American photographer from Chicago. He took photographs of celebrities such as Woody Allen, John Belushi, Michael Jordan, Eric Clapton, Dolly Parton, Oprah, Cindy Crawford, Mick Jagger, Sophia Loren, and Dennis Rodman. He took the images for John Mellencamp's Scarecrow album cover. Hauser was raised in the Chicago place and began taking images at the age of 13. By the '80s, he had become a well-respected photographer, with subjects involving Mick Jagger, Dolly Parton, Eric Clapton, and Michael Jordan. He did win more than 100 awards for his work, including a Clio. However, during a shoot in 2007, he was taking shots of a golf course when the crane in which he was located toppled over as well as he fell to the ground. As a result of the accident, he lost the utilize of his right eye and had his right leg amputated. During his rehab, his tools were stolen from his studio. He was able for working, switching to family portraits, beginning a Groupon deal for $159 per session. However, his health declined, he faced diabetes and kidney issues, and his medical bills accelerated, with friends who created a GoFundMe page for financial help. As per those people who knew him, he was great at getting people to relax and will begin photographing folks as soon as they went into the studio. He did not allow them to overthink or get stale, said Bianca Lana. So, several photographers shoot too much film. You did not have that issue with Marc. You can say, we are now overwhelmed by photos, but that was never the case of Marc. He took many photographs, but very some images were perfect and timeless quality.

Marc Hauser created memories, will last forever. From his career beginnings, in the mid-1970s to his passing in 2018, the photographer built a genre of portraiture and editorial that will motivate generations. As per those who knew him, he was a fun-loving and generous soul whose talent was matched by inspiration to help others. Hauser’s most popular work occurred during the 1980s & 90s when he photographed celebrities such as Mick Jagger, Cindy Crawford, Michael Jordan, and Oprah Winfrey. Joining realistic vulnerability with technical expertise, the images display an impossible degree of truth as well as beauty. As Hauser’s influence expanded, so did his oeuvre. In the 90s, he sold many ties featuring his colorful illustrations through the upscale retailer, Bigsby, and Kruthers. During his later career, he photographed some celebrities and, in 2007, suffered an injury, damaged his eye and his right leg. But that didn’t stop him from shooting portraits. In 1966, he started working as an assistant to fashion photographer Stan Malinowski. 3 years later, when he was 17-years-old, an art director from Playboy dropped by Malinowski’s studio, saw work of Hauser, and hired him to shoot John Prine for the magazine. In the 70s, by the time he met D’Orio, the place of Hauser in the trade was firmly established. D’Orio as well as Hauser operated a studio for some years together before going their separate ways. Though Hauser continued doing his thing, D’Orio developed an award-winning reputation to advertise work, shooting Leo Burnett’s Curiously Strong Altoids campaign, among others. D’Orio’s respect for the talent of Hauser grew along with their friendship. To this day, he believes, Hauser can find a photograph no matter what the condition, and that he knows exactly how and when to capture a person.” But it isn’t just Hauser’s epic celebrity portraits that impress D’Orio; he admires the work featuring lesser-known subjects. Circus stuff of Marc is strong, he says. His cameras were stolen right before he shot it, and he went and bought a cheap small camera and used that. The eerie, circus series is darker than Hauser’s glamor work, but it is no less strong. One of its more popular pieces, Portrait of a Clown is a study in loneliness. Among those who admire the piece is Chicago artist as well as Patriot cast member Tony Fitzpatrick, another creative star in Hauser’s tight-knit circle. One of Fitzpatrick’s favorite Hauser achievements is Halloween in Buck town, a neighborhood essay published in 1987. As Hauser clarified to IPA, the series came by a suggestion from Cindy Crawford, who was sitting for a Marshall Field’s shoot when a small child came in dressed as a ghost for trick-or-treating. Wearing homemade costumes, the youngsters command attention with expressions that seem well beyond their years. They provide a glimpse of warmth and humanity that Fitzpatrick. Who never lived more than a mile from Hauser after they became friends discovered incomparable? I will do black & white photography that is the first love of me, Chicago photographer Marc Hauser told the Tribune in 1996. It is more than a decade since his portrait of John Mellencamp graced the cover of Scarecrow, but Hauser’s 2-tone work was yet full of steam. In the interview, he claimed to shoot 7,000 rolls of film every year, with subjects ranging from Patti Smith to Bulls-era Michael Jordan. The greatest of all time, in any given field. I think there is more color in black and white, he continued. You are more likely to be looking at the person instead of the color.


Marc Hauser, a photographer who shot the cover for John Mellencamp's Scarecrow album, was died in 2018. He was 66. A big, bearded, gregarious man spent his ultimate weeks in a hospital bed receiving treatment for complications from diabetes. Sharing takeout with friends as well as talking about future projects, he remained full of conversation unless he passed on December 30, 2018. It’s a sadness that we announce the passing of Marc Hauser, says a Facebook post from his studio. In the past few weeks, Marc suffered few health complications that forced him for being hospitalized. He died peacefully last night. Marc has left us with a deep void, that will be difficult to fill. His strong spirit, his laughter, and stories will remain with us forever, just like his legacy and effect on the picture community. Our prayers and ideas are with his family and friends.

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