Andy Murray is on fire, and Art Streiber has the photos (and video) to prove it

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Andy Murray. Photo by Art Streiber for British GQ, July 2013 issue.

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Art Streiber really turned up the heat for this GQ U.K. cover shoot with tennis pro Andy Murray, on newsstands now. And the results are…incendiary. (And the fire puns? They’re irresistible.)

“Art and I had been talking about working together for over a decade,” GQ photographic director James Mullinger says in an introduction to the behind-the-scenes video of the shoot. “That our first big collaboration wound up being Andy Murray was of huge excitement for everyone involved. GQ‘s creative director, Paul Solomons, came up with the idea of Andy being on fire, so it was up to Art and his amazing team to make it happen.

“Art is king of the high-concept shoot,” Mullinger continues, “so anything is possible when working with him. That we would end up in Miami with a huge pyrotechnic set to capture these images of a British sporting icon can only be described as pure Streiber.”

As for Art, he notes that “photographing fire requires all kinds of planning, improvisation, and problem solving, and our shoot with Andy Murray was no different. How can Andy take a full swing at a flaming tennis ball? Can we light a tennis net on fire, and how long will it burn? How hot will it be? After lighting a tennis racket on fire, how many frames can we shoot before the strings pop and break?

“Most of these questions we were able to answer only once we started, which meant that my crew and I were reacting quickly and my time with Andy on camera became very limited. And…we were tasked with shooting a few of the setups on video, so we had to position hot lights to mimic what we were doing with strobes.

“But Andy was a great sport and only flinched the first time that the fiery racket strings started to snap…!”

Here’s a look at Art’s photos, plus a behind-the-scenes video…
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Photo by Art Streiber.

Photo by Art Streiber.

Photo by Art Streiber.

Photo by Art Streiber.

Photo by Art Streiber.

Photo by Art Streiber.

Photo by Art Streiber.

Photo by Art Streiber.

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  1. […] The Digital Magazine Awards have selected the nominees for Magazine Cover of the Year, and Art Streiber‘s fiery portrait of tennis pro Andy Murray for the July issue of British GQ is among the contenders. Will Art’s cover—commissioned by the magazine’s photographic director, James Mullinger—take the prize? You can help determine the outcome—voting is open to the public. Go here to have your say: digitalmagazineawards.com/cover. Read about the shoot here. […]

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