A Photographer in the Family
updated 05/12/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/12/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Photographed in 1998 by his mother, Sylvia Plachy, whose work is on view from June 6 to Aug. 31 at Manhattan's International Center of Photography: "I think my son is beautiful because he's unique. He's a good subject and likes to be photographed. Every year I send him as a Christmas card. Usually people do that when their kid is very little, and then they stop. I haven't stopped yet, and I meet people who say they have every one."
ACTRESS MARCISA GAY HARDEN
Photographed summer 2002 by her brother Thaddeus Harden, a magazine photographer: "She likes my shooting and trusts what she is going to get. We have fun together. She's open to giving input on a shoot, in this photo for Travel + Leisure she's looking for porpoises and turtles in the British Virgin Islands. The binoculars are so Marcia and give a sense of her personality. She's got a sense of adventure about her."
ACTORS LUKE (below), OWEN (far right) AND ANDREW WILSON
Photographed in Van, Texas, in 1974 by their mother, Laura Wilson, whose work has appeared in four books as well as in magazines and newspapers: "It is a classic image of childhood. There is a timeless quality. You are not sure when it was taken. I like the fact that the brothers are together and they are still together. They are their own best friends."
DIRECTOR SPIKE LEE
Photographed eight years ago in Brooklyn by his brother David Lee, whose projects include magazine photography and scene stills for films: "This was taken at the park we grew up in. It was our childhood home, the center of our neighborhood. It is the heart of our identification as Fort Greene, Brooklyn, boys."
ACTRESS CYNTHIA NIXON
Photographed last summer by partner Danny Mozes, founder of Manhattan's Photo Co-op: "I think she's amazingly beautiful and I want to take pictures of her because I'm obsessed. She doesn't mind."
SINGER CARLY SIMON
Photographed in the late '90s on Martha's Vineyard by her brother Peter Simon, whose work has appeared on calendars and posters: "She's always been known for her lips, but she has a great figure which she has maintained very well. She still looks like she's in her 30s if you photograph her the right way."
ACTOR MICHAEL YORK
Photographed in 1988 by his wife, Pat, whose next exhibit "Imaging and Imagining: The Film World of Pat York" will be on view in L.A. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in September: "I love his face. He's had a broken nose three times. He's handsome but imperfect."
ACTRESS ROBIN WRSGHT PENN
Photographed last fall in Malibu by her brother Richard Wright, a celebrity portraitist: "I like the serenity of this image, her creamy skin and serene composure. She is not playing a character or putting on an image."
ACTRESS LAURALEE BELL
Photographed in 2000 by her husband, Scott Martin, a landscape photographer: "I just hold the camera up and she is a natural at it. If it feels too contrived and stuffy, she looks at me and says, 'I don't think so!' "