Casting Calls: 1994 – 1995

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Catja

CASTING CALLS: 1994 – 1995

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Between the years 1994 to 1995,  Tony Ward was in the midst of planning one of his biggest photography projects to date, the creation and production of his book of Tableaux Vivants, published by Edition Stemmle of Zurich Switzerland, in the year 2002.  To create a body of work  with such a large cast of characters, the artist often called upon actors, actresses, models, friends and on occasion even strangers that he discovered on the streets, an invitation to be photographed at his studio  for consideration to appear in one of his photo books. For the book of Tableaux Vivants over 150 subjects were cast for the artists complex tableaux which normally  included at least three characters per scene.  A casting  call consisted of a brief sitting at the photographers studio, which enabled him to see how the subjects performed in front of the camera. He was also able to gauge how the subjects photographed, how they reacted to the photographer’s direction, and whether they were comfortable enough to shed their clothing for some of the more provocative erotic scenes the artist had become known to produce.  Several of the subjects in this series of casting calls became significant characters in the artists published works.

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Luna

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