Time to Act

Time to Act : An Intimate Photographic Portrait of Actors Backstage

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"...delivers an absorbing portrait of actor's final preparation during their last 30 minutes before going on stage." - The Lady

British photographer Simon Annand has been shooting candid photographs backstage at West End theatres in London for 35 years. In these meditative portraits, often shot in the intimate space of the dressing room, he captures the focus and tension of world-class actors right before they go on the stage. Actors such as Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Anthony Hopkins, Jake Gyllenhaal and Judi Dench are seen in these moments of vulnerability, which every actor experiences no matter how long they have been working. Time to Act, with an introduction by Cate Blanchett, contains a hand-picked selection of Simon Annand's remarkable and unique portraits.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 240 x 290 x 25.4mm | 1,722g
  • Warnsveld, Netherlands
  • English
  • 40 Illustrations, black and white; 190 Illustrations, color
  • 9089898360
  • 9789089898364
  • 561,247

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"...a five-star collection of photographs in Time to Act... capturing the famous faces in the most intimate of spaces - the dressing room - the book gives a tantalising reminder of the world we are missing while so many venues remain closed." -- Jane Dowdeswell, Hello!; " Simon has become a fly-on-the-wall as he is allowed in the dressing rooms of many household names to capture the rarely-seen moments."--Kate Dennett, Daily Mail Online; "The books comes as theatres all over the world remain shut because of coronavirus. Acclaimed theatre producer Peter Wilson said: "We couldn't have known how Simon's photographs would [become] permanent records of a world that may, I fear, never again exist so exuberantly." -- Mark Reynolds, Daily Express; "'His sensitivity to atmosphere is, quite simply, astonishing,' says Cate Blanchett, while the man himself tells Eve Watling: 'It is the crossover of the two personas which fascinates me as a photographer'" -- Eve Watling, Independent; "Jude Law, Orlando Bloom and Cate Blanchett are just some of the stars who have been photographed minutes before taking to the stage in stunning new shots." -- Louise Griffin, Metro UK; "Following his exhibition The Half, in Time to Act photographer Simon Annand continues to explore the moments of vulnerability every actor experiences before going on stage." -- Arts & Collections magazine; "Simon Annand, who has been photographing theatreland for more than three decades, delivers an absorbing portrait of actor's final preparation during their last 30 minutes before going on stage." -- The Lady;
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About Simon Annand

Simon Annand works and lives in London. For 35 years,
he has been photographing actors backstage, a few minutes before the
curtains rises. He was given permission to enter the dressing rooms of
the most famous actors in the world of theatre.
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