Art Streiber photographs Will and Jaden Smith for New York magazine cover story

Art Streiber photographed Will Smith and his son, Jaden Smith, for this week’s New York magazine cover story. The famous father and son star in the new movie M. Night Shyamalan film, After Earth (opening Friday), and in the article, they talk about their relationship and their approach to working together.

Art’s photos of the two perfectly capture their familial bond—playful, loving—while showing off their natural ability in front of the camera.

“To be asked to shoot a cover for New York magazine is one thing, but to have Jody Quon, the director of photography at New York, on your set is an even more incredible honor,” says Art. “It is very rare that I get to work side by side with a photo director, especially one who has such a keen visual storytelling sensibility like Jody does.

“And Will and Jaden Smith are fantastic in front of the camera,” he continues. “They take direction, they improvise, and they are wonderfully good-natured about the process of being photographed.

“Jody presented me with her idea to strip away any and all other elements from the set, except our two subjects, allowing them to interact and play off of each other. And once Jaden chose the playlist on Pandora (old-school rap) and Will started shadowboxing, the moments just ‘happened’ and all I could do was keep shooting…”

Here’s a look at some of the images appearing in New York. See more at the online slideshow at nymag.com.

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Will and Jaden Smith. Photo by Art Streiber for New York, June 3–10, 2013, issue.

Photo by Art Streiber.

Photo by Art Streiber for New York.

Photo by Art Streiber.

Photo by Art Streiber for New York.

Photos by Art Streiber.

Photos by Art Streiber for New York.

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Photo by Art Streiber for New York.

Jaden-Smith

Photo by Art Streiber for New York.

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