PPR’s preferred photographer for head shots is Barry Morgenstein.
Born in the 60’s and raised in Teaneck, New Jersey Barry was quickly exposed to his first true loves; blues, rock-n-roll and photography. It was while he was playing guitar in a band with his then girlfriend and lead singer, that he discovered his true gift: photography. By taken publicity shots for her, Barry became driven toward his new passion. He enrolled at the International Center for Photography in New York City, and learned the basics of what makes a “great shot”, which ultimately laid the foundation for his development of a deeper, more personal approach to photography.
Barry’s career began when he landed a position as an assistant to the renowned music photographer Mark Weiss. Within two years, he was the top photographer at the agency and was shooting primarily concerts and studio sessions. Through this and building a magnificent portfolio and a reputation he was able to found his own photography studio.
Barry’s goal remains true as it was the first time he picked up a camera “To capture the essence of the moment in every photograph”. “I feel like capturing the emotion of the moment with a few simple lights is just like a great guitarist transmitting emotions through a few simple notes.” With this philosophy, Barry is known for creating timeless photography. His body of work has expanded to include actors, models and executives which has earned him the title of “Best NY Headshot Photographer” three times in the Backstage People’s Choice Awards.
Through his simple approach and innate ability to capture the true beauty and emotion of his clients, Barry has become one of the most sought after photographers in the entertainment industry. His work is requested often by top news networks such as Fox News. Among the celebrities he’s been privileged to photograph are Michael Jackson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Meryl Streep and Paul McCartney. What’s more, he was the official photographer for Howard Stern’s book, Private Parts, with more than 100 inside photos of Stern. This later resulted in being featured on E! Entertainment Television, in a one hour documentary on the making of Stern’s movie, Private Parts.
Barry has always been an active supporter of the military. In the past, he has generously contributed to the Wounded Warrior Project, a veterans service organization that offers a variety of programs, service and events for the wounded veterans of September 11th. Along with Wounded Warrior, Barry has frequently contributed to other various military organizations as well.
To this day, much of Barry’s work for record labels, modeling agencies and publishing companies consistently appear in major print publications, such as Rolling Stone, New York Magazine, The New York Times, People, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, Parade, and Soap Opera Digest.
Barry is consistently working to expand his horizons through building his portfolio and developing his brand while also working to give back through various organizations he supports.
“Barry Morgenstein voted a record 3 times Best Headshot Photographer in NYC in Backstage Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Poll”
Barry Morgenstein Photography
135 W. 26th Street, Suite 10C
New York, New York 10001