Wired commissions Art Streiber to photograph “extreme entrepreneuer” Elon Musk, who dreams of building a colony on Mars

“When a man tells you about the time he planned to put a vegetable garden on Mars, you worry about his mental state. But if that same man has since launched multiple rockets that are actually capable of reaching Mars—sending them into orbit, Bond-style, from a tiny island in the Pacific—you need to find another diagnosis. That’s the thing about extreme entrepreneurialism: There’s a fine line between madness and genius, and you need a little bit of both to really change the world,” writes Chris Anderson in his “Icons” feature on Elon Musk for the November issue of Wired.

Art Streiber shot the portraits that accompany Anderson’s profile of Musk, who cofounded PayPal and Tesla Motors and is the founder of SpaceX, which “develops and manufactures space launch vehicles with a focus on advancing the state of rocket technology,” according to Wikipedia.

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Elon Musk photographed by Art Streiber for Wired, November 2012 issue. Click to view larger.

Photo by Art Streiber for Wired.

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“We photographed Musk at the SpaceX headquarters in Los Angeles near LAX. While we toured most of the cavernous plant, 95 percent of the facility was off limits to our cameras, both for proprietary and for governmental-secrecy reasons,” explains Art, who worked with Wired’s creative director, Brandon Kavulla; director of photography, Zana Woods; and photo editor, Carrie Levy.

“And we built our make-shift studio on the factory floor, in the midst of a very busy production afternoon. He was incredibly gracious and willing to do everything we asked him to do!”

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