Johnny Tergo’s Drive-By Portraiture

Written by M. Gertz on . Posted in Portrait photography

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Over on Pictureline, photographer Johnny Tergo has written up an article on his project Passenger Side Window.

The idea for the project was to find a way to capture the interesting people Johnny found himself driving by in his car. What started out as some simple iphoneography has blossomed into a fully equipped in-car studio, complete with a MacBook Pro running Capture One and a Canon 1D MKIV. To give the photos a unique look, Johnny even brings his own studio lighting, using 2 Profoto Pro-7a 2400 packs to power 2 Pro Heads, one with a standard reflector and one with a Magnum Reflector.

Read more about the project and see images from the project as well as of the rig on Pictureline. See more of Johnny’s work at

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Comments (2)

  • Mark


    Sorry, but I think this is one of the stupidest projects I have ever seen! It’s like Diane Arbus on wheels, just blasting unsuspecting people with flash to get the startled reactions you see here… sort of thing Bruce Gilden does in New York, but at least he is on the sidewalk and not doing a “drive by” . Not impressed…


  • Valerie


    i absolutely love your work . i have the passion for photography without the ability to capture what my eyes are seeing . you have a gift i only long to have. hope to see more of your work , its beautiful.


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