George Holz, who is from Tennessee but studied under the great Helmut Newton in Pasadena, has photographed countless celebrities, creating some of the most recognizable portraits of Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston, and Jerry Hall (to name a few).
His photographs possess an organic quality of someone who so clearly puts his subjects at ease, a feature Holz worries is becoming scarce in the world of celebrity portraiture. “Everything is calculated these days,” Holz says, “and you don’t get much personal time. My shoots have never been about pre-meditated setups. It’s almost like being a boxer and floating around the ring.”