Sunday, May 12, 2013

Liberace's Lover

I was in the middle of an assignment Thursday when my phone rang.

"Hello, this is officer Avina from the Sheriff's department. Is this David?"

I didn't respond immediately. After a few uncomfortable seconds I remembered in fact that I was David.

Officer Avina was calling to let me know I had permission to photograph Scott Thorson at the Sheriff's Department that afternoon. Thorson is Liberace's former lover. He was arrested in Reno in February and charge with burglary and identity fraud. The photos were for a story in today's New York Times style section. In addition to his recent arrest, Thorson's name is again in the news because of "Behind the Candelabra," an HBO movie based on his memoir premiering later this month.

It was a quick but very cool assignment. Thorson has a crazy story and meeting him in the jail was a unique experience.

Here are a few of the images I filed. Enjoy.