Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Art Streiber: Tell Me What You Want Me To Do
In his photography of Hollywood’s A-list, Art Streiber coaxes the artists into performing for his camera
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DPP: How did you feel behind the camera, with 116 of the who's who of Hollywood in front of your lens?
Streiber: I was nervous approaching the shoot, but I really wasn't overwhelmed. By the time we got to the day of the shoot, everything was nailed down. We had done our job. I realized that it was of staggering historical importance assembling this many actors, actresses and directors in one place, but it really wasn't until they walked in the door that it really hit me. They came in without their managers, publicists, agents and assistants, so everywhere you looked there was a famous face. That was kind of intimidating. But it turns out after talking with a number of them before and after the shoot that they were more nervous than I was.
Individually, for the most part, these people are fans of the other people in the image just like we are. A number of them were starstruck by their contemporaries or older actors or directors and couldn't believe they were there. Charlize Theron said to me, "Oh, my God, I got to put my hand on Harrison Ford's shoulder." We assume all these people know each other and live together in a gated community at the top of the Hollywood Hills, but the reality is, most of them don't know each other.
I remember right before the shoot started, I was making my way up to where my tripod was and Leonardo DiCaprio was just standing, staring at the stage with his arms crosed. I said, "Hey, Leo, I'm Art, I'm the photographer. We worked together a couple of weeks ago for The Hollywood Reporter." He kept staring at the stage and said, "This is monumental." When DiCaprio said that about the project we were about to undertake, that really hit home.
DPP: What's your approach to working with celebrities and entertainment people who can be very ego-driven?
Justin Bieber in a photo that exemplifies the immortality of fame.
DPP: Why was he so uptight about the couch? Did it belong to Dean Martin?
Streiber: I'm really not sure why he got bent out of shape. We had already photographed him at his desk. I think he was just over being photographed.
DPP: What initially sparked your interest in photography?
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