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One Morning at Home with John Irving

Whether on a grand-tour TV show or in an architectural magazine, it’s not too hard to see what a famous person’s house looks like. It’s also, thanks to paparazzi and tabloid photos, easy to see a picture of a famous person. But it’s less easy to capture iconic cultural movers and shakers truly at home—in both senses of the phrase.

That’s what photographer and videographer Shaul Schwarz aims to do with a new series of videos for TIME, debuting today with Schwarz’s visit to the home of author John Irving. “The environment sets you up to meet a person you already know,” says Schwarz.

The photographer asks his subjects what they do when they’re alone at home, really relaxing; for Irving, that question revealed a room devoted to wrestling, the author’s version of what Schwarz calls an “away-from-the-world zone.” Not that it’s automatically easier to access that intimacy when you meet a person in his own space. “Even if you have a new friend and you go to his home,” says Schwarz, “it takes a little bit to break the ice.” But when it does break, the end result is an intimate look at a celebrity, tending more toward a Sunday-morning-coffee-with-a-friend feel than a red carpet one.

“The location is, at the end of the day, some kind of reflection of the person. It’s all a vehicle to show a different look at the person,” says Schwarz. “We all know you can tell a little bit about a person from where he chooses to live.”

Read more about John Irving in this week’s issue of TIME: The Wrestler

Click here to see TIME’s archive stories about John Irving

Shaul Schwarz is an award winning photographer and filmmaker. Schwarz is represented by Reportage/Getty Images.

TIME Style and Design: Peter Hapak Photographs Emily Blunt

Photographer Peter Hapak asked Emily Blunt to get into character during the cover shoot for TIME Style and Design, which relaunches this March after a three-year hiatus. It was an easy task for the British actress, who has played myriad roles—from a bossy fashion assistant to a young royal—in her career and currently stars opposite Evan McGregor and Kristin Scott Thomas in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

“I wanted to create something that didn’t feel earthy,” Hapak says. “So I asked her to imagine that she was in outer space, where she was experiencing different noises and light and trying to get along in this new space.” Hapak, who used harsh light to bring out sharp highlights and shadows on Blunt, even likes to say he was working with two different people during the sitting. “The thing about fashion is when people walk in, they look like every other person wearing normal clothes,” he says. “But when we are working on a fashion shoot, we’re creating a stylized person, a character that completely differs from the actual person.”

The cover shoot, which took place in New York City this Februrary, was a reunion of sorts for Hapak. The selection of clothing and pairing of designers such as Prada and Stella McCartney were creatively conceived by Ali Toth and Aniko Virag, stylists whom Hapak first met in Hungary nearly six years ago. In fact, it was Toth and Virag who commissioned Hapak for his first foray into fashion photography. “I was photographing dancers and experimenting with how dancers can interpret fashion in different ways,” Hapak says. “They saw one of my series and called me to collaborate.”

Among the many outfits Blunt exhibited for their latest collaboration, Hapak’s favorite piece was a black Balenciaga hat worn by the actress on the cover. “I just loved that Balenciaga hat,” Hapak says. “And this is exactly what I like about fashion. The right accessory speaks for itself—and the entire picture.”

Read more from TIME Style & Design

They say it’s your birthday….

Well, it’s my birthday too and I am being a complete lazy bones on my birthday…partly because I am flying to NYC today, and partly because my plate has been full of lots of things…so to make it easy on myself, I thought I’d share some of my work over the next couple of days….so, get a cup of coffee…play this wonderful Henry Mancini song, and enjoy my series, Hollywood at Home.

Hollywood at Home: Growing up a stone’s throw from Hollywood and Vine, I have always been intrigued by the real and the manufactured Hollywood. The staged Hollywood at Home photographs from the 40’s and 50’s of celebrities at play or at home with their families are particular favorites of mine.

In a reality-tv society where celebrity and stardom is now possible without talent or reason, the idea that anyone can become a star has indeed, become a reality. My series, Hollywood at Home, looks at the idea of elevating family and friends into a false stardom, through lighting and position, where they, perhaps, are just on the verge of being discovered, happy to participate in the artificial gloriification of who they really are.

Great Performance: Uggie

Uggie opens up about the complications of a transatlantic lifestyle and the perils of celebrity.

2011 Performance: The Artist

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Photographer #363: Phil Poynter

Phil Poynter, 1973, UK, is a fashion photographer working in the photography markets of London, New York, Paris and Milan. He started his career as a creative director of Dazed & Confused. During the five years of collaboration with the magazine he became a regular contributor as a photographer. He focuses on fashion and advertising photography as well as celebrity portraiture. His work has appeared in large and influential magazines as Vogue, Numero, L’uomo Vogue and GQ Style. He has done large production photoshoots for commercial clients as Lacoste, Louis Vuitton and Thomas Pink. For Prada he shot large groups of people creating fashionable images that remind us of the North Korean Mass Games. The following images come from Ponystep Monotone Symphony and from his archive.


Website: www.philpoynter.com

Photographer #363: Phil Poynter

Phil Poynter, 1973, UK, is a fashion photographer working in the photography markets of London, New York, Paris and Milan. He started his career as a creative director of Dazed & Confused. During the five years of collaboration with the magazine he became a regular contributor as a photographer. He focuses on fashion and advertising photography as well as celebrity portraiture. His work has appeared in large and influential magazines as Vogue, Numero, L’uomo Vogue and GQ Style. He has done large production photoshoots for commercial clients as Lacoste, Louis Vuitton and Thomas Pink. For Prada he shot large groups of people creating fashionable images that remind us of the North Korean Mass Games. The following images come from Ponystep Monotone Symphony and from his archive.


Website: www.philpoynter.com

Photographer #276: Damon Winter

Damon Winter, 1974, USA, is a photographer who is highly competent in various kinds of photography. He is based in New York City and works as a staff photographer for The New York Times. He focuses on photojournalism, documentary work, celebrity portraiture and travel photography. For his work he has traveled extensively to places as Iceland, Japan and Afghanistan. His photo essay on sexual abuse victims in Alaska in 2005 was nominated for a Pullitzer Prize, but it wasn’t until 2009 that he won the Pullitzer Prize for feature photography with his images that captured the different facets of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. The following images come from his portfolio Faces and from the stories Afghanistan and Haiti Earthquake.

Website: www.damonwinter.com

Photographer #230: Dan Winters

Dan Winters, 1962, USA, is most known for his celebrity portraiture. An endless amount of politicians, musicians and actors have been photographed by Winters. However he does not limit himself to portraiture. Within his photography he also focuses on objects and documentary work. He also draws and makes videos. His photographs have been published in a vast number of magazines and he has received numerous awards for his work. The subjects he chooses to photograph are diverse, from Texas gangs to honeybees to his very own son. His first monograph was released in 2009 with the title; Periodical Photographs. The following images come from the portfolio People; People of Interest, Friends & Neighbors and Actors.


Website: www.danwintersphoto.com