When Winston Churchill stepped out of the Canadian Parliament (December 1941) in order to be photographed by Yousuf Karsh he generously said to him: «You’ve got 30 seconds». Karsh took Churchill’s cigar immediately out of his mouth and activated his camera’s aperture.
When Winston Churchill became aware of his sourish face on the picture he was completely pleased: «Excellent. Now, my enemies will fear me more than ever».
When our editorial-photographer Andreas Baier had the opportunity to photograph Bill Gates he remembered what Yousuf Karsh once did to Churchill’s cigar and decided to do something similiar – if necessary. The circumstances were on his side: as the interview with the magazine «stern» was about to end Andreas Baier grabbed his microsoft-mouse and let it dangle in front of Bill Gates’ face, teasing him: «Billy! Mousy, mousy!» He fortunately accepted this unexpected offer – and Andreas’ day was made.
At that time (1991) Andreas Baier did not know Bill Gates’ famous quote: «I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.» May be that’s also the secret behind creating great portraits: to realise them as efficiently as even possible.
The portrait of Bill Gates is part of Andreas’ portfolio «Corporate Photography Means Executives Look Good».