you had ONE free day, Zack. LOOK WHAT YOU DID WITH IT.
Sarah Sanborn, massage therapist. Brooklyn, June 2014.
Outtakes and a check-in: BriTANicK!
I photographed Brian McElhaney and Nick Kocher of sketch duo BriTANicK not long after Swedish Midsommar in 2013 (hence the second photo). They had just appeared in Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, and a couple of their new videos had just gone viral (Sexy Pool Party and Coach, featuring the very same Joss Whedon).
As of now, they’ve been tapped for a new Comedy Central pilot, and I couldn’t be happier for them. They have a meticulously-crafted comedic style that is unlike anyone else out there right now, and I’ve been a fan of theirs since the beginning.
Go give them some love on YouTube:
Outtakes and a check-in: Matt McGorry
I met Matt in April of 2013, in his small Manhattan apartment—he had been recommended to me by previous subject Jack Perry. He was very friendly, apologizing for the clutter that piled about, and downplaying his involvement in an as-of-yet unreleased Netflix series about life in a women’s prison.
Not long after Orange is the New Black dropped, Matt became one of my first subjects to ‘blow up.’ He started showing up on fancy red-carpets, my photos showed up in a Buzzfeed article, and his Tumblr post started getting dozens of reblogs. Now that season 2 has brought that number into the hundreds, I figured it was a good time to start doing ‘check-ins’ on my THE FIELD subjects.
So, aside from his role as Officer Bennett on OITNB, his face has recently been popping up in trailers for How to Get Away With Murder. Here’s hoping the pilot gets picked up (and that it’s good). He’s a great guy who deserves all the luck in the world.
Patrick J. Adams (Suits) and Troian Bellisario (Pretty Little Liars), actors. I had the pleasure of being able to feature both of these wonderful people in my coffee table book THE FIELD, which is incidentally still on sale:
Untitled Referral Project, Post #1.
Jason Ralph and Rachel Brosnahan
I met Jason and Rachel while shooting actors for my recently-released book, THE FIELD, which you can buy here:
I met Jason after seeing him perform as the title character in Peter and the Starcatcher off-Broadway. His positive energy shone on stage and I felt compelled to reach out to his agent, even shelling out for a month of IMDBPro to find him (yes, he—and the show—were that good).
Rachel I met through close personal friend Jesse Einstein, who has a talent for sussing out the sort of people worth meeting. She had actually reached out to me much earlier in the process of shooting the book, but as I am very poor at responding to Facebook messages, we didn’t connect until Jesse stepped in (for which I am quite grateful). She is also a tremendous actor, currently best-known for her turn as Rachel Posner in House of Cards. She has a kind spirit and an infectious joy, and even with a young career is dedicating a lot of her time to philanthropic pursuits.
Upon arriving at Rachel’s apartment for her shoot for THE FIELD, Jason answered the door, and I was so thrown by his presence that my mind simply threw out the possibility that it could be him. I stumbled my way through polite conversation until I got Rachel to say his name (I’m certain my attempts to be subtle were completely in vain), and explain that they had started dating sometime after my shoot with Jason, and after her initial Facebook contact with me.
Having started THE FIELD unsure of what I truly wanted to explore, the theme of interconnectedness in the professional sphere this chance meeting suggested jumped out to me as fertile ground for a future project. Or a current project, as it is now. Starting with these two and working outwards through referrals, I plan to photograph more actors and explore how they are connected, to create a photographic map of the six degrees of separation (or Kevin Bacon, should he be amenable to the project) that tie together the performing artists of today.
Environmental portraits of rising under-35 actors. 106pp. 12” x 12” hardcover. Signed first edition.
***EARLY ORDER—WILL NOT SHIP UNTIL LATE MARCH/EARLY APRIL***
It’s an old parlor game by now—Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. Start with anyone in the entertainment business, and no more than six professional connections later, you’ve found your way to the eponymous actor. This is no coincidence—the communities that form in ‘the industry’ are tight-knit, and this has the effect of making a famously overcrowded field effectively smaller.
Photographer Zack DeZon started with the goal of capturing a representative sample of young striving artists in the acting profession, and, instead of posting a casting call, decided to find his subjects via the communities that actors form themselves. Having once been an actor himself, Zack started with a seed group of former colleagues and, from there, asked each subject to recommend the actors they knew whom they thought most likely to succeed in their goal to become well-heeled (and well-known) professionals. Not all of the subjects in this book are complete unknowns, but an effort was made to keep out anyone who could be considered a ‘household name.’
The result is a series of portraits that not only celebrtate the actors’ individual personalities, but the ties they’ve made to one another. As the subjects in THE FIELD: Young Actors in 2013 ‘come up’ in their careers, they shall surely do so together.
Subjects from THE FIELD can be seen in many recent, current, and future projects, including:
Fox’s Enlisted as Derrick Hill, and Veronica Mars as Piz
Patrick J. Adams
USA’s Suits, as Mike Ross
ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, as Spencer Hastings
MTV’s Girl Code, as Self
ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., as Agent Grant Ward
High Maintenance, creator and star
Saturday Night Live, new featured player
Brian McElhaney and Nick Kocher
of sketch duo BriTANicK
Netflix’s House of Cards, as Rachel Posner
Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, as John Bennett
HBO’s Silicon Valley, as Richard
The Last of Us, as Ellie
Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, as Hero
NBC’s Community, as Neil
Broadway’s Bullets Over Broadway, as Cheech
Showtime’s Masters of Sex, as Jane Martin
and many more!
Chase Williamson, actor. You might know him as John from the amazingly weird John Dies at the End (available on Netflix!).
Milli, my new dog! She’s a pit/lab mix of some sort, is four months old, and has three legs. She’s a dear.
Jessica DiGiovanni, actress. Soon to be in the Off-Broadway play Bike America!
Amanda Donenfeld, actress.
Rachel Brosnahan, actress. Best known for her role as Rachel Posner on House of Cards, she’s got a good number of films coming out soon, including I’m Obsessed with You: But You’ve Got to Leave Me Alone.
Will Brill, actor. Soon to be starring in indie film Beside Still Waters, featuring other THE FIELD subjects Brett Dalton and Beck Bennett (and directed by Chris Lowell). The kicker is I didn’t even plan this—I reached every one of these actors through different circles. Small industry.
Marlena Kalm, actress.
Rob Michael Hugel, actor. Best known for his writing/directing/starring role in I Hate Being Single.