WSJ INNOVATORS ISSUE | John Legend Cover

 

Innovators Issue | 8 November 2018 

For this year’s Innovators issue, WSJ. presents nine covers—one for each 2018 honoree. Here, the writers, photographers and stylists behind each profile weigh in on their subjects

Karen Kaiser, Alan Light & Thurstan Redding

Claude Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” played on repeat throughout Thurstan Redding’s shoot with this year’s Entertainment Innovator, John Legend, who was styled by Karen Kaiser. “I wanted to capture something intimate with him,” says Redding. “I just asked him to relax.” Writer Alan Light puts Legend, with his connections to soul, jazz, gospel and hip-hop, into context: “[He] represents a link between musical generations.”

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PHOTO: THURSTAN REDDING FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE