You’ve probably come across Howard Schatz’ photography in the pages of Vanity Fair, whose regular “In Character” section is one of the mag’s highlights, and features a well-known actor making three separate facial expressions based on character descriptions given to them by Schatz. Last month, Schatz, whose work as also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Time, Sports Illustrated, Vogue, and GQ, released Caught in the Act: Actors Acting, a coffee table book which features the same type of role playing as his “In Character” series, but with all new portraits and interviews. We recently asked Schatz some of life’s simple questions to better get to know the man behind the lens.
What is your favorite section in a book store?
Photography, Art, Design, Fashion.
Where can I find the world’s best soup?
What do you enjoy more, falling asleep or waking up?
Each is Fab.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever thought?
The Congress would do the right thing for their country.
What’s the darkest song ever written?
Call to arms.
Who are you obsessed with?
I love Beverly Ornstein, completely.
What’s one thing you can’t get rid of?
Where’s the best place to see the sun rise?
An island off Maine.
What’s the most destructive thing on the internet?
How to make an explosion.
What’s the most thrilling thing that’s happened to music in the last 5 years?
Angus and Julia Stone.
What is the one emoticon you can’t live without?
What do you eat you’re sad?
What’s the most relaxing sound you’ve ever heard?
A baby’s lullaby.