The Truth About Neil Strauss


Neil Strauss is a renaissance man.  I first met Neil back when he was living The Game, way before the term “pickup artist” became a cultural meme.  I went to more than a few parties at the Hollywood Hills house where a lot of that story went down.  We became friends back then and we have both evolved to become artists a lot different than those kids who partied together in Hollywood.

As the years went on we lost contact but as fate would have it we both ended up living on the same street in Malibu (he moved there, I moved there, we literally ran into each other on the beach one day).  It was a very surreal and magical time for me and Sones, and getting back in touch with Neil was part of that magic.  He is a very inspiring person and we are grateful to know him.  He is literally the most driven artist I have ever known, his control over his own reality is astounding.

In his new book The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships, Neil exposes himself and the transformation he went through in order to save his relationship with Ingrid, his wife.  Sonia and I were there for a lot of that.  In just the same way that I was orbiting Neil’s life during The Game, Sonia and I were orbiting Neil’s universe during The Truth as well.

It is with great pride that I get to share these images we shot of our friend Neil Strauss, to promote his new book.  I have always looked up to Neil and his self-mastery, and I have been bugging him for a long time about shooting a portrait.  The right moment finally came and we were able to make some magic together.

- Rickett

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We are huge Matthew Dear fans so we were beside ourselves when Matt asked us to shoot him while he was in town making a music video.  Since it was a last minute shoot, we did what we do best- we winged it!

(Shot on our new Phase One back mounted to a Mamiya RZ67 Pro IID – Rickett’s dream camera!)



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