Friday, January 22, 2010
These are some images from photographer Simon Annand's new book "The Half". It was profiled in december's British Harper's Bazzar, and Annand descirbed his work like this: "...the 30 minutes before the curtain rises on a stage production - a very photogenic time to be with an actor." He's only published half of his work in this particular book, but I believe more will be available in an online collaboration with Celebrate The Play.
There was this one shot of Rachel Weisz (adore!), in her dressing room before taking the stage in her portrayal of Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire. I cant find it online, but it was especially gorgeous. According to the Harper's interview, Annand found her particularly amazing to shoot as she wouldnt stop moving everywhere with music pumping from her ipod.
I think the beauty of these photographs is that they show some of the internal preparation the actors go through in the last rush before the curtain rises.