Looking At Looking


Just received copies of my latest promo, a 28pg folio featuring images of visitors at the National Gallery of Art viewing masterworks by Rothko, Picasso, Titian, Turner, Pollock and many others. Landing soon of the desks of great creatives everywhere!

CIA Memorial Wall


  This wall’s powerful reminder of the sacrifices made for this country by the intelligence community could not be diminished by the recent coercion of its message by Donald Trump. Though I photographed the wall almost twenty years ago its impact remains.  



Just mailed a great little trifold promotion featuring selections from several corporate image libraries we have shot over the past two years. Big thanks to Justine Hirshfeld for the inspired, elegant design.  

Like mining for images…


The choice of background can make or break a photograph. And when I’ve had multiple assignments in the same office building the search for something new becomes ever more important. I love shooting portraits on location, but looking for the right setting — akin to rummaging around in a mine hoping to strike gold — is paramount. […]

Gallery Stock


I am now represented by Gallery Stock, one of the world’s leading stock photography companies. Part of Great Bowery, a new organization that brings together the leading agencies in the fashion and image-making industry, Gallery Stock offers top-notch images from some of the best photographers working today. You can find my work at http://www.gallerystock.com/Max_Hirshfeld

Secretary of the Smithsonian


Approximately one year ago I learned I had been short-listed to shoot the official portrait of Larry Small, the eleventh Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Nine of the ten prior commissions were oil paintings with the tenth (of I. Michael Heyman, Secretary from 1994-1999) completed by Arnold Newman, the legendary portrait photographer. I’ve often imagined […]