Actors fascinate us in part because they live out the truths we cannot - or do not - want to live out ourselves. In his latest book, acclaimed photographer Howard Schatz develops upon his well-received monthly feature forVanity Fair,"In Character." Schatz' mastery of his craft is demonstrated as he himself acts, taking on the role of a director and giving his subjects detailed situations to explore, which are listed with the resulting image. The actors featured here - including John Malkovich, Pierce Brosnan, Michael Douglas, Colin Firth, Laurence Fishburne, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael C. Hall, Hugh Laurie, Amy Poehler, and Geoffrey Rush, among other illustrious greats - demonstrate their skill for improvisation while Schatz captures the complexity of their emotional and physical range. This inventive collection is a richly entertaining revelation of the fantasy of transformation. Schatz does not simply create characters from these actors - he helps to reveal their humanity.
About the Author
Owen Edwards has written about photography for 30 years, for the American Photographer, New York Times Magazine, New York magazine, The Village Voice, Saturday Review, Vogue, Smithsonian magazine, and many other publications.
Howard Schatz is one of the most in-demand photographers working today. His fine-art work has been exhibited in museums and photography galleries internationally and has been published in numerous magazines, including Time, Vogue, Sports Illustrated, LIFE, GQ, Italian Vogue, the New Yorker, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Forbes, and Entertainment Weekly. Schatz is the author of fifteen books of photography, the latest of which was the critically acclaimed Athlete. Schatz lives and works in New York with his wife and business partner, Beverly Ornstein.