Caught in the Act: Actors Acting

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"From Peter Dinklage offering up his best ‘child with strep throat’ impression to Elisabeth Moss’ perfect demure lady expression, these striking images certainly aren’t the average A-list portrait. Captured by photographer Howard Schatz, stars, including Sissy Spacek, Hugh Laurie, Colin Firth, and Amy Poehler, strike a series of extraordinary poses as they portray the unlikely scenarios dreamed up by Schatz."

"So he spent the next six years creating a second, more comprehensive title, Caught in the Act: Actors Acting, containing not only improvised shots, but also a candid interview with each actor about their work, and a “serious portrait. One that was about veracity versus vanity.” Schatz worked with around 85 actors, from Sir Ben Kingsley to John Malkovich to Michael Douglas, spending up to four hours with each."

"Photographer Howard Schatz is working on his latest book, “Caught in the Act: Actors Acting.” In it, Schatz gives a raw look at each actor’s method."

"Photographer Howard Schatz had an idea: place actors in a series of roles and dramatic situations to reveal the essence of their characters. Such was the premise behind his book, In Character: Actors Acting, which captures some of Hollywood’s most emotive stars in the act of, well, making faces. Luckily for us, he continued the tradition for Vanity Fair."


"Photographer Howard Schatz’s new book, ‘Caught in the Act: Actors Acting,’ investigates thespians capturing emotion by having them cycle through a range of characters on the spot, including Julie Bowen as a suburban wife seeing a “massively endowed stripper” and a Southern socialite."

"Good Morning America features Caught in the Act among its showcase of the year’s best gift books."

“The holidays bring out the inner-coffee table book obsessive in gift buyers. They’re easy, weighty and satisfying to give. You’ve done your job with your pricey treat [...] Portraiture by Schatz with oral histories and improvisation at his direction. See Sam Waterston respond to the prompt: “You're a dairy farmer who hates cows, hates milk and hates getting up at 4 a.m. seven days a week, just after signing a mineral rights deal with a natural gas drilling company.”

"Watch renowned photographer Howard Schatz prompt famous actors with scenarios and capture their improvised responses through his lens."

"Award-winning photographer Howard Schatz joins Huffington Post Live to talk about his 20th book, Caught in the Act, and his journey attempting to capture actors’ craft."

    “This beautiful series of images, along with captivating quotes, gives a window into the heads of the finest actors in the world.”

    "A review and slideshow of Caught in the Act, which “capture[s] a slew of Hollywood’s elite doing what they do best in a stripped down, vulnerable state. And the finished product is delightful [...] And lest you think this is simply a book of pictures, each gallery is prefaced by an intimate interview, all of which were conducted by Schatz himself."