• 3.15.17

    Bill Murray Is a Masterpiece Photographed by Marco Grob

    Marco Grob has spent a career photographing dozens, if not hundreds, of the most recognizable, highest paid, most sought after celebrities in the world. Year after year a veritable checklist of Hollywood’s A-list and Washington’s elite pass in front of his camera, and it can become something of a blur. Every time he sits with someone it’s a special experience and he relates to them personally and individually. But no one is like Bill Murray. When GQ Germany asked Marco to meet up with Murray at New York’s Museum of Modern Art he knew it was going to be a unique experience. “I came up with the idea of him becoming a part of the art and the art becomes him. As if he lived literally at the place,” Marco explains. But Murray wasn’t the only variable that they had to work with. “The museum was open. It was a completely normal day, a Wednesday afternoon, with thousands of people. All the sudden Bill Murray was there and I think they had a field day that day, that’s for damn sure. They had so much fun.” 

    Marco and his team kept everything handheld and on the fly because they didn’t have time to shut down portions of the museum. They stayed super agile over the 3.5 hour shoot. This kind of run-and-gun shooting could be a big risk if the subject isn’t ready to play along. But Bill Murray was. “He wants to make it count,” says Marco. “He wants to make something unique and beautiful, and he played off that idea greatly and made it his own. He just took it as a jump off point and then really gave his own interpretations.” Not every celebrity is willing to try every idea, and not every celebrity will commit to something even if they do agree to it. But Murray worked with Marco to offer the best version of their collaboration he could. “When he likes an idea he takes it and brings it to another level,” Marco says. “He is just a generally very kind and nice guy and beautiful to work with.”

    To make a shoot like this happen it wasn’t just Murray’s collaboration that Marco needed but also the Museum’s. The MoMA worked with Marco to get every shot they could while still keeping traffic flowing and the exhibits open. It required a lot of generosity and trust from the museum. “I appreciate them, I’m very thankful for that,” Marco says. “It was real and I could not in my wildest dreams hope that Bill was picking up on it and made it such an incredible thing. It was really something really, really special for us.”

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