The New York Times Sunday Magazine has their annual portfolio of celebrity portraits up. These aren't the stunningly odd creations of last year's batch --there was a lot of writing on faces in that one. There's less of an element of surprise in the photos (fairly traditional portraiture, sometimes even dully so) so the surprise comes in their choice of subjects: Vin Diesel (Find Me Guilty), Abbie Cornish (Sommersault), and Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine) alongside kudo fixtures like Helen Mirren (The Queen) and Leonardo DiCaprio (The Departed). At least they chose the right film for Leo, even if their taste elsewhere is questionable. Ivana Bacquero (Pan's Labyrinth) is unarguably a photogenic child but a great actress? Like Audrey Tatou in Amélie, she's a beautiful face around which the film's true strength, the visuals, orbit. But calling it a "great" performance. That's stretching it till it snaps.
If you click on that link above and hit the slideshow you can see all the photos but I've included my three favorite portraits here: Annette Bening all simple elegance with her trademark twinkle, Ryan Gosling looking old school dapper, and Rinko Kikuchi reminding me of a Björk video or CD cover or something... or maybe an old photo of Vanessa Redgrave? Bet you didn't expect to hear those two names compared. But, ahhh, that's the associative triumph of weird ass collections like this one.
tags: Annette Bening, Ryan Gosling, Helen Mirren, Leonardo DiCaprio,movies, portraits, photography, cinema, New York Times