The Attitudes

A dramatic portrait project shot to benefit charity Acting for Others, featuring a broad span of contemporary stage & screen performers, from Oliviers winners to drama school grads. Inspired by ‘The Attitudes,’ a school of acting that held sway for centuries, whereby actors learned specific postures to communicate emotions like fear, despair, joy, or love. There are nearly 100 in ‘Lessons in Acting’ (1870). Some seem deeply melodramatic or laugh-out-loud funny to a modern eye, others still ring true today.

Using one light and a textured background, shooting for no more than 30 minutes with each actor, we remade a classic pose or found its modern incarnation, trying to find the truth in each posture and feeling. Learn more

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