The Impossible Network guest, celebrity photographer Roberto Rabanne

051: From Celebrity Photographer to Psychedelics to Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Pt2 Roberto Rabanne
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Celebrity photographer Roberto Rabanne. Guest Overview

Born in Panama, raised in Brooklyn from age 13, a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War, a self-taught celebrity photographer who’s captured iconic images of music, art, and fashion for over 5 decades, is this week’s guest Roberto Rabanne.

In part two we delve into Roberto Rabanne’ year in hanging out within NYC counter culture in the ’60s, how he meets the minds behind the Beat Generation then moves to San Francisco and discovers the hippie movement and discovers and explores psychedelics. We move into his urge to continuously evolve his celebrity photographer career into new multimedia expressions of his art as well as his pursuit of a new entrepreneurial venture that’s centered around the development of hemp-based products and in particular a new supercar the Rabanne 420.

I hope you enjoy the humor, eloquence, generosity of spirit and expansive vision of Roberto Rabanne. His take on the environment and how hemp cultivation could be the solution for many current problems we face. A special thank you to Alex Armillotta for the kind introduction.

What we discuss 

  • The reinvention of his archive work in new mediums
  • His creative partner
  • Using his imagery on Leon Speakers
  • His evolving business model
  • Inspired by blotter acid paper
  • His Off the Grid Flat Pack House inspired by Phillip Johnson’s Glass House
  • Rabanne 420 Hemp Car HyperCar
  • Henry Ford Hemp Car
  • Expanding his work into Hemp material development
  • Imagination to make it happen
  • The impact of climate change and Hemp as a solution
  • Conscientious Objection to the Vietnam War

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Links In the Show

Greta Thunberg

Richard Avedon 

Guy Bourdin 

Helmut Newton 

Alex Liberman 

Henry Ford Hemp Car 

Henry Rollins Testing a Hemp Car 

Claudia Berk 

Noah Kaplin 

Phillip Johnson Glass House

Whole Earth Catalog 

Stewart Brand


Gavrilo Princip 

The Heart of Darkness 

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