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Week 209

Candice Bergen in New York City

Week 209

Candice Bergen, in her home, in New York City. Her space is a gorgeous duplex apartment, with a floor to ceiling window overlooking Central Park, that was first used as an artist loft at the turn of the 20th century. It is a fitting environment for Candice. She’s a wonderful photographer and we use the same lab, Chelsea Photographic, to process our film. Her space is littered with art and photography books. She is witty, funny, and extremely entertaining. Towards the end of our shoot she asked to put on a pair of prop reindeer antlers that she used at a recent costume party: you can’t say no to that. – JD

Week 198

James Earl Jones at The Longacre Theatre in New York City.

Week 198

James Earl Jones in New York City. I particularly enjoy photographing older people. I want to soak in as much knowledge as possible. I was excited, and nervous. It was odd to hear the iconic voice of Darth Vader telling grandpa jokes. He had a great story about getting a private training session from Arnold Schwarzenegger during the filming of Conan the Barbarian. James was so sweet, funny, and it was an honor to photograph him. – JD

Week 197

Dan Stevens in New York.

Week 197

Dan Stevens in New York City. I photographed Dan in anticipation of his flick The Guest. I went out and saw it the weekend after shooting Dan and the experience was amazing. Dan is a quintessentially polite and handsome British dad with two kids. His character in The Guest is an American military badass who says things like, “cash is easy to come by.” It was an awesome juxtaposition. Dan also starred in Downton Abbey. He was engaging, fun, and a pleasure to photograph. – JD

Week 195

Mike Myers in New York for the New York Times.

Week 195

Mike Myers in his Manhattan office shot in anticipation of his directorial debut of Supermensch. Futbol, Sondheim, guitars, Shep Gordon: these were a few of the things we spoke about during our shoot. Mike’s work influenced me far before I even thought of becoming a photographer. He was just as I expected: hilarious, goofy, insightful, opinionated, and basking in the glow of being a new father. This was a particularly special one, for me, and my sincere gratitude to Lindsay B. for her support. By the end, Mike had control of the Bose and we were cruising through some deep cuts of Elis Regina. – JD

Week 193

John Oliver in New York City.

Week 193

John Oliver in Manhattan shot before the premier of his new HBO series Last Week Tonight. John was fresh on my mind after seeing his stand up show only a month before I got this assignment. I was already a big fan via The Daily Show and loved his run as host. He was just as I’d hoped: gracious, hilarious, and up for anything in the limited amount of time we had. Thanks John & HBO! – JD

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