|Sarah Dunn directing The Hobbit cast|
She meets and photographs the movie stars we all admire. She manages to capture very special smiles, looks, intense expressions and beautiful moments. Have you seen her photos of the Potter cast, the Hobbit cast, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Helen Mirren, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hanks, Jamie Campbell Bower, Shailene Woodley and more? Have a look at her site! I bet you've seen her photos on the covers of the most important magazines.
I did and thought: "Sarah Dunn must know things about those people which nobody else knows". I was so curious that... I dared ask. And Sarah Dunn was kind enough to answer. She was very professional, no gossiping! Here's the interview.
Well , Sarah, first of all thank you very much indeed for taking the time to answer my questions. Where to start an interview with you? What about a quote? Karl Lagerfeld said, “What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”
What do you, Sarah, like in photographs?
You are creating something, it would be difficult not to bring some of yourself to the table!
What was your dream job as a child?
Film director, still is!
When and how did you understand photography was your chosen profession?
When I was presented a camera at the age of 8, I would look through the viewfinder and pretend I was at the cinema, my favourite haunt! It is absolute escapism!
What talent does a successful photographer need to have?
A great eye, patience, passion and sheer determination!
You’ve photographed many celebrities in the latest years, British and not. What I noticed is that your portraits of the stars convey the sensation of great intimacy, as if you could access the most remote of their thoughts through your lens. Is your job, as I imagine it, something like stealing secrets from the stars?
The impression I have from your shootings with actors is one of intensity. Do you usually ask actors to perform, to interpret a role you create for them or you just ask them to be themselves?
I always want to capture something that no one else can get, very few actors can be themselves in front of a still camera.
I’ve also noticed that in one shot you manage to capture a very peculiar or very unexpected trait in a personity. How do you get to catch those aspects? Do you usually talk with actors much on set or do you let them freely move to get to those results?
I know generalizations are never fair nor simple but … Are men easier or more difficult than women to deal with in your profession?
Each subject is different.
Do you have any funny/sweet/unpleasant encounters in your career you’d like to share?
The funniest: escaping paparazzi with Ewan McGregor in Cannes.
The sweetest: being asked by Cate Blanchett to photograph her first born son.
The most unpleasant: it would be indiscreet of me to say!
|Young Benedict Cumberbatch by Sarah Dunn|
Richard Armitage: unaffected
Martin Freeman: camera shy
Tom Hiddleston: charming
Benedict Cumberbatch: unassuming
Luke Evans: professional
Dominic Cooper: fun
Jamie Campbell Bower: witty
Daniel Radcliffe: hyperactive
|Jamie Campbell Bower|