This is Marc Hauser. For years now, he has been one of the absolute top names in Portraiture in this country. I've said this before but his life is a book waiting to be written. It's just that I'm not writing it here.
On my recent trip to Chicago I imposed on Marc to sit for me. It almost never happened because a recent accident left him at the mercy of decent transportation that would allow for his crushed leg to be properly maneuvered without distress.
I don't know if his injury or something else prevented him from really letting go but I felt he was holding back. I have seen him perform antics that would embarrass most people, just to get a rise out of his subject. As I browsed his Face Book pages, I saw many a zany, crazed, totally loose Marc Hauser but none of that was available the day we shot.
I'll be the first to admit, this isn't my best work, maybe I was a little intimidated by his superiority.
Personally, I think he should charge people to meet with him. He can be the most off the cuff person you might ever meet. A showman and an eccentric, he still commands the room. On the other hand, if you ever catch him in a quiet moment, he can be as sweet as anyone.
I'm grateful that he gave me an audience and his patience, though I hope someday we can reprise this opportunity on a day when his full personality is in bloom.