Meryl Streep

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A Year In Review

Robin Wright, Oscar Isaac,
Patti Smith, Meryl Streep, & More...

This year marked the launch of NeueJournal – NeueHouse’s Global Media platform. In May, we celebrated the release of our first print edition of NeueJournal at Frieze NY (a hardcover 300-page book with eight covers), followed shortly after by the re-launch of our digital editorial platform


From words of wisdom with Robin Wright, an impromptu poem contributed by the one and only Patti Smith, to a visual tour shot by Brigitte Lacombe of Frank Stella‘s studio we’ve had the honor of gaining newfound inspiration from some of the industries most creative visionaries out there today. So, as we reflect and set our New Year’s resolutions in motion, we take a look back at Lacombe’s portrait sittings in video format and rounded up a list of thoughtful quotes to help us reset and rein in 2016. Happy New Year! 



Simply put, Frank Stella is one of the most important figures in the history of American art. The renown painter, sculpture, and printmaker has left an indelible mark on his generation, and as he continues making work well into his seventies, his influence and legacy continues to grow…



No matter what medium she’s working in, Patti Smith is, in essence, a modern-day bard. She’s a master of lyric and story, of saying the unsayable and simplifying the complex… 



With a seemingly limitless capacity to explore complex, psychological terrain, Oscar Isaac has grown from a character actor into someone who can carry a film all on his own… 


An icon of the balance between compassion and conviction, Robin Wright has offered  some of the most complex and layered portraits of women on screen…  



We’ve always been inspired by Brigitte Lacombe’s portraits of her friend Meryl Streep,  created over the course of three and a half decades… 


In-Line Images Photographed by Brigitte Lacombe for NeueJournal

Spike Jonze

Adaptation, Lightness, & Ease


In this rare collaboration with NeueJournal, Brigitte creates a series of portraits  investigating the most nuanced and directional voices in contemporary art, film, music,  and science. An ongoing personal series captured in her Lower East Side daylight studio,  these images are underscored by a quiet intimacy unique to the space itself.


The first time I met Brigitte she had come by the set of Adaptation because she was an old friend of Meryl’s. She brought such lightness and ease into a group of people that had been working together for a couple of months, and she had such charm. I figured that with somebody who’s that fun to be around, maybe her photos wouldn’t be that good. But then when I saw them, they were the best photos we had of that shoot. There’s something in her photos that I don’t think a photographer can learn. They’re alive and connected to the subject because she is both of those things. And ever since, any time, I want her to come be with us.



Photography: Brigitte Lacombe
Guest Photo Editor: Janet Johnson


A Moment With Meryl

Brigitte Lacombe, the Jolly Martini Martinet

Photography by Brigitte Lacombe | NeueJournal Issue 1

We’ve always been inspired by Brigitte Lacombe’s portraits of her friend Meryl Streep,  created over the course of three and a half decades. Following her most recent portrait- sitting in Brigitte’s Lower East Side daylight studio, we asked Meryl to describe her friend  with the camera and the important moments that form in collaborations.


Brigitte is patient. Rather, she is an impatient, superior creature who will nonetheless stand and wait for her moment, and then quietly, decisively snatch it. Being photographed by her is the only time I don’t mind being photographed—in other situations I feel like a performing elephant: Here, stand on this little ball! Smile! Wave your trunk! Put on this cute hat! Crush it!—because I feel like I don’t have to do anything. She does all the work.


She is possessed by a shimmering energy. She vibrates. She changes among three pairs of glasses. And then it’s over—in twenty minutes or half an hour! Afterwards? She is a jolly martini martinet: every­ thing has to be au point!—the frosty glass, the olives. Good God, the olive juice! The way she pronounces “dirty martini” makes you feel dirty: deeeahrrhteee. Kevin Kline says, “She’s been in New York 40 years and still cannot make Americans understand her.” Traversing the globe on a weekly basis, she is with­ out an interior clock; she lives in all time zones at once. Certainly she dances with no sense of circadian rhythm.

Photography by Brigitte Lacombe | NeueJournal Issue 1


But her eye—her eye is infallible. She always sees the elegant line, the dignity of a stooped posture or the aggressive grace of an upright one. She is tirelessly interested in the human face and never stops discovering surprises in every one. The through line of her work is probably the way she seeks out some­ thing eloquent and previously unsaid in the most familiar of landscapes: eyes, forehead, brow, nose, mouth, chin. She never tires of looking, and, through her lens, neither do we. —Meryl Streep


Portraits by Brigitte Lacombe for NeueJournal



Black & White Portrait: Brigitte’s most recent portrait of Meryl Streep, captured at her Lower East Side daylight studio. Spring, 2015.


Color Portrait: Brigitte’s first portrait of Meryl in 1978 on the set of Kramer vs. Kramer