Art Streiber on photographing Jimmy Kimmel, the host of this year’s Oscars, for the cover of Variety

“In the footsteps of Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, and Billy Crystal, here comes Jimmy Kimmel to host the Oscars! Jimmy is dry and witty and completely up to the task. In front of the camera, he is completely game and actually willing to go too far,” says Art Streiber, who photographed Kimmel for the cover of Variety.

“Oscar hosts are usually on a tight schedule from just after Thanksgiving and running straight through to Oscar night. They’ve got jokes to write, television promos to shoot, interviews to do, opening montages to star in, and photo shoots to do—all while still working at their day jobs. And that’s exactly what Jimmy was dealing with when my crew and I spent an hour with him on a Friday afternoon in mid December.

We had to be incredibly respectful of Jimmy’s time, and we had three different looks to accomplish: We had to photograph Jimmy on white, with some very glittery gold curtains, and in silhouette. So…we had to figure out a way to get all three of those looks in a hurry and on a budget!

Our brilliant digital tech, Eric Vlasic of With Technology, suggested that we simply raise our gold shimmery curtains over Jimmy’s head in order to shoot against the white cyc. And it worked!

I asked Jimmy if the show writes itself, and he replied, ‘Absolutely not. If it did, it wouldn’t be funny.’”

 

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Jimmy Kimmel. Photo by Art Streiber for Variety.

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Photo by Art Streiber for Variety.

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Photo by Art Streiber for Variety.

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Photo by Art Streiber for Variety.

 

 

 

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Art stands in for Jimmy. Production still courtesy Art Streiber Photography.

 

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