Very happy to share the portrait of Matthew Schechter, Santino Fontana, and Tony Shalhoub, who all play Moss Hart in the Broadway play “Act One” that I photographed at Sardi’s Restaurant, in Manhattan, for Vanity Fair‘s May 2014 issue. Philip Rinaldi, the show’s publicist, found a caricature of Hart’s wife, Kitty Carlisle Hart, on the famous Sardi’s walls and we all knew it had to make it in the photograph. A big thank you to the team who made this shoot so successful, and to Tony for showing up ready to roll and wearing a great tweed overcoat that saved the day. I always love to hear when people discover photography so it was great to hear that Matthew saved up to buy a camera and is loving it. Reminds me of my beginnings…
To add some technical notes, we shot this with a Canon 1Dx and the L 50mm lens, lighting with one Photek umbrella, a 12″x12″ silk and a large Chimera strip and some additional custom pencil lights, powered by Profoto Pro 7 packs, to mimic and elaborate the existing light at the location. To keep the image crisp, no available light was part of the final exposure, but the image still feels like it does walking into Sardi’s. The tricky thing with this setup was that all the caricatures were in glass frames and reflected everything, so camera and light placement was rather complicated.
Also, read Ben Brantley’s review of “Act One” in the New York Times here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/18/theater/several-moss-harts-are-in-act-one-at-lincoln-center.html
Catch the show at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, Lincoln Center; 212-239-6200, lct.org. Through June 15 ONLY !!!
…AND THEY JUST RECEIVED 5 TONY AWARD NOMINATIONS, CONGRATULATIONS FOR BEST PLAY TO JAMES LAPINE AND BEST ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE TO TONY SHALHOUB.