Men’s Health commissioned Art Streiber to photograph Hugh Jackman for the cover of the June issue. The feature was on how the versatile star of X-Men: Days of Future Past stays “Wolverine fit,” so the photo shoot needed to be action packed.
“Hugh Jackman is very ripped and very fast,” notes Art, who worked with creative director Tom O’Quinn and director of photography Jeanne Graves. “Fortunately, our shoot was at the 6,000-squre-foot stage B at Highline Stages gave him plenty of room to get up to speed.
“My crew and I lit an entire side of the stage so that as Jackman sprinted from one end to the other,” Art continues, “he would be lit at the same value and the strobes would recycle fast enough to allow us to use a high-speed motor drive to freeze his leaps and bounds. All that I had to tell him was, ‘Ready… Set… Go!” And off he went.”
Set designer Jonathan Ritzman built the set, which comprised a mountain of white cubes. “Jackman ascended, traversed, and descended it, over and over again, tirelessly climbing up and down with a smile on his face,” says Art.