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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 for Vanity 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
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