A collection of photographic portraits featuring well-known actors assuming a variety of roles, accompanied by their comments on the art of acting. By Howard Schatz, the award-winning photographer and best-selling author of "Athlete and "Nude Body Nude."
From Publishers Weekly
"Photographer Schatz (Athlete) turns his lens to actors and challenges them to show off their craft. Many of the names are well known (Chevy Chase, Danny Glover, James Earl Jones, Edie Falco), but Schatz includes character actors as well, making for a balanced gathering. The actors are given a one-line description of a situation and are then photographed close up, with only their heads and hands to use. Although some reactions are broad and make for lively photographs—many people open their mouths so wide that every filling gleams—it's the subtle shifts in expression that stand out. With only their faces available to convey the response to a complex situation, some actors choose to make tiny adjustments; these smaller, more contained expressions are intriguing, as when Robert Vaughn gives only a kindly smile when asked to be "a pediatrician with a bright five-year-old cancer patient who is making up an intriguing fairy tale," or when Ellen Burstyn purses her lips slightly to become "a woman scorned." Beyond giving a glimpse of each actor's range, Schatz includes his subjects' thoughts on their profession. Although his work makes a zesty entry to the coffee table stack, Schatz's portraiture is also a vital, thrilling window into the breadth of an actor's range."
"A stunning look of the actors craft and the subtle yet universal language of facial features in all their nuances." -- Monsters & Critics.com, April 23, 2006
"As fun to read as it is to look through." -- Los Angeles Times, April 6, 2006
"Consistently impressive" -- Washington Post, April 23, 2006
"Fascinating" -- Philadelphia Daily News, April 21, 2006
"Put Schatz on that very short list of photographers who can make celebrity portraiture something more than forgettable fluff." -- Fort Worth Star Telegram, April 16, 2006
"Schatz and his players deliver human vitality and performative intelligence on a grand scale." -- iphoto newsletter, April 2006
"Takes us up close and personal with 100 actors [and] achieves a level of intimacy that glamour photos never achieve" -- Toronto Sun, April 16, 2006
Schatz captures what actors do best:act. -- Playbill, May 2006
- Publisher : Bulfinch; First Edition (April 13, 2006)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 264 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0821229071
- Item Weight : 4.21 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.25 x 1.13 x 12.25 inches
All copies are used but guaranteed in excellent condition, including dust jacket.