Like most people, I was saddened by the passing of one of the world’s greatest innovators. Steve Jobs was, to many of us, an icon and a hero. True to the nature of Apple’s aesthetic, this image of Steve Jobs graced the front page of their website serving as a tribute to the man behind the innovations. The image was captured by Scottish photographer Albert Watson and might just be “the iconic” photo of Steve Jobs we will ever know.
When asked about how the session went with Jobs, Watson had this to say:
Jobs didn’t look immediately at Watson, but looked instead at the set-up and then focused on Watson’s 4×5 camera “like it was something dinosauric,” Watson recalls, “and he said, ‘Wow, you’re shooting film.”
“I said, ‘I don’t feel like digital is quite here yet.’ And he said, ‘I agree,’ then he turned and looked at me and said, ‘But we’ll get there.’”
Jobs gave Watson about an hour–much longer than he ever gave most photographers for a portrait session. [...] I said, ‘Think about the next project you have on the table,’ and I asked him also to think about instances where people have challenged him.
“If you look at that shot, you can see the intensity. It was my intention that by looking at him, that you knew this guy was smart,” Watson says, adding, “I heard later that it was his favorite photograph of all time.”