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Andreas Baier: «Bill Gates»

19 Jul

Click to enlarge microsoftly

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».

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One Man must Have Had A Sex Change

29 Jan

The Microsoft gang from 1978…

… and here’s a photo of them from 2008 that Microsoft put together when Bill Gates was leaving the company

It’s one of the most iconic photos in American business. A ragtag group of bearded weirdos assembled for a family portrait in Albuquerque. Usually, there’s a question above the photo: «Would you have invested?» It’s a trick question. You’re supposed to answer no – because well, look at those people – but then you learn it’s a company portrait of Microsoft from 1978.

After examining the two pictures above very carefully, another quite tricky questions arises: 11 Persons are to be seen on both photographs. The first picture shows two females and nine men; however, the second shot comes up with three females and only eight men. So, one of the men must have had a sex change in the meantime…

via: Business Insider

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