At his blog today, Kwaku Alston writes about photographing Jason Collins for the cover of Sports Illustrated, images that accompanied the NBA star’s revelation that he is gay. The story was a major scoop for the magazine, and details about the shoot were kept to a bare minimum.
“Late one Wednesday evening, after presenting work at a MOPLA event, I received an email from Sports Illustrated’s photography director, Brad Smith, about a job to be completed the following day—with a top-secret subject to be disclosed the day of the shoot,” Kwaku recalls. “This would be my first Sports Illustrated cover, and one of my most exciting jobs yet, so I said yes immediately.”
“After learning Jason’s story,” Kwaku goes on to say, “I feel that the photographs truly capture his personal journey and present state of mind. I am thrilled to have been a part of bringing this important story to light.”
Read more, and see more images, at artofstudio.com.