Kwaku Alston on his “top-secret” cover shoot for Sports Illustrated

Jason Collins. Photo by Kwaku Alston.

Jason Collins. Photo by Kwaku Alston.

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.

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