Freddie Mercury/Queen by Patrick Harbron
Photographer: Patrick Harbron
Location: Magder Studio, Scarborough, (Toronto) Ontario
Date: Spring, 1982
I covered the actual filming, but I was also interested in finding the opportunity to make specific portraits. I set up and lighted a group shot in a corner of the studio. Later I pulled them away during a break in filming and used the contrasty lighting from the video set. I shot group images, but it was the individual portraits of Queen that were the most successful. In particular, this photograph of Freddie, although direct and personal, reveals little, perpetuating a state of mystery. It is the most requested image from the sessions I did that day. The sexually suggestive 'Body Language' was the first video to be banned from MTV."