“The red carpet is a war zone”—and other observations from Art Streiber on shooting behind the scenes at the Oscars

Art Streiber has been photographing the Academy Awards for 15 years now. The rehearsals, the crews prepping the theater, the stars backstage, the winners the morning after—all of it. And he’s produced countless classic images in the process. What’s his secret? Comfortable shoes, for one thing. And knowing how to get the shot even when surrounded by overzealous photographers.

“The red carpet is a war zone in tuxedos,” Art tells Los Angeles magazine, which interviewed him about his Oscar photos. “Not only is it wall-to-wall people, but now there’s actually a red stanchion divider that runs along Hollywood Boulevard to keep the stars separate from ticket holders who might not be well known to the public.”

To get the image below, shot in 2014, Art was kneeling down. “Because even though backstage photographers—there are only five or six of us—are allowed to roam, behind me were 30 other credentialed photographers. If I stood up, they’d be yelling at me by name. They’re already yelling at her. The goal: to get Lupita Nyong’o, who would soon win Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave, to look at them. This is like open season.”

Read more here: “Step Backstage at the Oscars”

And to see highlights from Art’s 15 years of Academy Awards photography, click here.



Lupita Nyong’o in 2014. Photo by Art Streiber.

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