Kwaku Alston shoots The Hollywood Reporter’s “Rule Breakers”

The Hollywood Reporter has just published a 22-page special issue dedicated to “Rule Breakers 2011″—”a year-end celebration of the people who successfully rocked and rattled the status quo in Hollywood.” The editors note that the issue was nine months in the making and features “a who’s who of Hollywood,” including Kim Kardashian, whom Kwaku Alston photographed for one of the issue’s four covers, as well as with her mom, Kris Jenner, for an inside portrait.

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Kim Kardashian. Photo by Kwaku Alston for The Hollywood Reporter.

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“The first time I photographed Kim was in 2009, for an ad campaign for Keeping Up With the Kardashians for E! Entertainment,” recalls Kwaku. (See a snap her took of her after that shoot here, at his blog.)

Hollywood Reporter photo director Jennifer Laski—who first worked with Kwaku in the mid ’90s , when she was at Elle—also commissioned him to shoot group portraits of “Bridesmaids breakouts” Annie Mumolo, Judd Apatow, Melissa McCarthy, and Paul Feig; and Brunson Green, Viola Davis, Tate Taylor, Octavia Spencer, and Kathryn Stockett, who made The Help what THR calls a “Cinderella Story” of a success. Here’s a look at Kwaku’s photos. And to see a behind-the-scenes video of the Rule Breakers shoots, scroll to the end of this post.

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From left: Bridesmaids stars Annie Mumalo, Melissa McCarthy, and Paul Feig with producer Judd Apatow (second from left). Photo by Kwaku Alston for The Hollywood Reporter.

From left: Brunson Green, producer of The Help; actress Viola Davis; director Tate Taylor; actress Octavia Spencer; and Kathryn Stockett, author of the novel on which the movie is based. Photo by Kwaku Alston for The Hollywood Reporter.

Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner. Photo by Kwaku Alston for The Hollywood Reporter.

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See the full Rule Breakers gallery here. For a look at some outtakes from the shoots, go here.

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Kwaku on set.

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