It’s common knowledge: A celebrity photographer usually get just a few minutes to shoot a portrait of a famous subject. But Art Streiber’s latest commission for Paramount Pictures takes that pressure-filled dynamic and turns it up. To 116. We’re not kidding.
Art photographed 116 of Paramount’s actors, actresses, directors, and executives for a group portrait celebrating the studio’s 100th birthday. “It was…epic,” says Art of the experience.
His portrait—shot on Stage 18 at the Paramount Pictures lot in Hollywood—was published in the July issue of Vanity Fair and features, in the magazine’s words, “everyone from Kirk Douglas to Dakota Fanning.”
“To celebrate its 100th birthday, Paramount Pictures assembled over a hundred of the most influential talents ever to work at the studio—including Meryl Streep, Ali McGraw, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Nicholson, Jane Fonda—for a once-in-a-lifetime photo shoot. See the stars arrive, pose, and bond over their work on the lot.”
When you watch the video, you see that Art had just moments to get the shot. Incredible. And, yes, epic.
Rick Floyd, set designer
The Paramount People:
Nancy Reid, Senior Executive Assistant to Vice Chairman
David Waldman, Senior VP, National Publicity
Riki Leigh Arnold, Senior Publicist
Newell Todd, Photo Editor
Jerry Coleman, Executive Director of Manufacturing & Construction Superintendent
Larry Margolis, 1st Company Grip
Bill Harden, VP Production Services
Emily Roth, producer
Elaine Browne, first assistant
Johnny Tergo, lighting director
Eric Vlasic, digital tech
There’s been a lot of press about Art’s portrait, including these interviews and articles…
• The New Fstoppers: “Fstoppers Exclusive Look at Art Streiber and Paramount’s 100th Anniversary Masterpiece,” in which Art talks about how his lighting, how the artists were positioned, and how he got the shot.
• La Lettre de la Photographie: “Vanity Fair, The Paramount Picture”
• Yahoo! Movies: “Paramount Pictures 100th Anniversary Interactive Photo”
• Entertainment Tonight: Go here and fast forward to 3:30 for the start of the segment.
• Entertainment Weekly: “Your party is a wonderland: ‘Vanity Fair’ Paramount portrait is an A-list playground”