Steve Jobs was clearly a complicated human being—so much so that people had a hard time putting a label on him. Was he an inventor? A designer? A creator? An innovator? A motivator? Or simply a good businessman? It’s difficult to define genius. I simply called him my friend.

I have heard many photographers recount horror stories about working with Steve Jobs—his need to control the shoot, his frustration when he felt something was mediocre. I have none of those stories.

These are my experiences of photographing the man who changed our modern world, and our friendship, which began during a photo shoot for Newsweek in 1984.

–Jeffrey Aaronson



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