Many of the works shown in this anthology date from the 1980s and even more from the 1990s. Starting with early photos that mark Gorman's beginnings as a photographer, such as the untypical snapshot of the young, as yet unformed, Jack Nicholson and the photos taken by Gorman at concerts, the relatively few 1970s photos show a clearly traceable development from the snapshot as the quick product of chance to sophisticated compositions reflecting the graphic idiom of classic black-and-white photography. Gorman is part of the classical tradition. During the 1970s and '80s, he concentrated heavily on details of facial features like eyes, etc. Dominant motifs like the mouth or the scream pursue us throughout the book. In recent years Gorman has attained the consummate mastery of light and lighting which also distinquishes the studio photography of Horst P. Horst, G. Hurrell and George Platt Lynes. In Gorman's studio portraits, the play of light lends faces and bodies an ethereal quality as if they glow from within. His work looks back on a long tradition which has evolved from early 20th-century fashion and portrait photography.