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© Tony Powell. Camp David Photo Shoot with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin (Tony winner Ron Rifkin), President Jimmy Carter (Richard Thomas) and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat (Khaled Nabawy.)

People don’t realize it, but my life as an artist started in the theatre, as a young child. I had the lead in the European premiere of “Raisin,” which had just closed on Broadway. I took over from “Good Times” star, Ralph Carter, in the role of Travis Younger, and toured Switzerland, Germany and Paris for over six months, at the age of nine. 

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© Tony Powell. The cast of “Camp David.” February 21, 2014

So I’m grateful whenever an opportunity to work with actors presents itself. The photo shoot with the cast of Arena Stage’s upcoming World premiere historical drama, Camp David, reminded me how much I miss performing. Not to mention that I get to work with some of my favorite artists of stage and screen. 

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© Tony Powell. “Camp David” Photo Shoot. Actor Richard Thomas as President Jimmy Carter. February 21, 2014

 

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© Tony Powell. On set with “Camp David” director, Molly Smith. Photo Shoot. February 21, 2014

According to, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Lawrence Wright, “Camp David  is the story of how Jimmy Carter, Menachem Begin, and Anwar Sadat came together to forge a treaty between Israel and Egypt that has endured long after their passing from power. This is a play about leadership and sacrifice and what it takes to make peace.”

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© Tony Powell. “Camp David” Photo Shoot. February 21, 2014

© Tony Powell. The cast of "Camp David."

© Tony Powell. The cast of “Camp David.” February 21, 2014

Working with this four-member cast was a like a dream – President Jimmy Carter (Emmy winner Richard Thomas) and his wife Rosalynn (Tony nominee Hallie Foote) Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin (Tony winner Ron Rifkin) and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat (Khaled Nabawy.)

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The email showed up, from The Atlantic, asking if I would be interested and/or available to photograph Bill Gates and I jumped at the opportunity. Over the years, I’ve had many celebrated people sit for me, however, last night’s session was definitely a pinnacle of my career.

Bill Gates. Photography © Tony Powell. The Watergate. March 12, 2014

Bill Gates. Photography © Tony Powell. The Watergate. March 12, 2014

Susanna Quinn, Norah O'Donnell. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah's 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Susanna Quinn, Norah O’Donnell. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah’s 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Over the weekend, Debbie Dingell and Susanna Quinn hosted a 40th birthday lunch for CBS This Morning co-anchor, Norah O’Donnell. Thirty of Washington’s most influential women came together to celebrate in Cafe Milano’s newly remodeled private, upstairs, wine room. Heart-felt toasts abounded from Susanna, Debbie and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar. Susanna’s daughter, Jocelyn, produced a five minute slideshow of photos from Norah’s childhood, wedding, family and work. Norah was presented with probably the largest birthday card I’ve ever seen – a specially-designed poster board featuring images from the slide show and signed by all those in attendance. The ladies left with party favors that included coffee soap from Natura Culina and mini porcelain “LOVE” trays, by Abrielle - hand-painted with the logo to represent how much Norah’s loved.

The guests included: Andrea Mitchell, Ann Compton, Elizabeth Thorp, Eun Yang, Grace Bender, Jamie Dorros, Jennifer Isham, Jennifer Tapper, Jocelyn Luddy, Mary Haft, Norah O’Donnell, Lois Romano, Robin Sproul, Heather Musser, Margaret Carlson, Gloria Borger, Mary O’Donnell, Stacy Kerr, and Valerie Jarrett!

Photo © Tony Powell. Norah's 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Photo © Tony Powell. Norah’s 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

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Party favors by Natura Culina and Abrielle. Photo by Tony Powell. Norah's 40th Birthday Party. CAfe Milano. February 15, 2014

Party favors by Natura Culina and Abrielle. Photo by Tony Powell. Norah’s 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Jamie Dorros, Elizabeth Thorp, Norah O'Donnell, Eun Yang, Stacy Kerr, Jennifer Tapper. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah's 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Jamie Dorros, Elizabeth Thorp, Norah O’Donnell, Eun Yang, Stacy Kerr, Jennifer Tapper. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah’s 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Photo © Tony Powell. Norah's 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Photo © Tony Powell. Norah’s 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Gloria Borger, Robin Sproul, Senator Amy Klobuchar. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah's 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Gloria Borger, Robin Sproul, Senator Amy Klobuchar. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah’s 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Mary Haft, Lois Romano. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah's 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Mary Haft, Lois Romano. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah’s 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Susanna Quinn, Jocelyn Quinn, Debbie Dingell. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah's 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Susanna Quinn, Jocelyn Quinn, Debbie Dingell. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah’s 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Grace Bender, Norah O'Donnell. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah's 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Grace Bender, Norah O’Donnell. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah’s 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Photo © Tony Powell. Norah's 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Photo © Tony Powell. Norah’s 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Norah O'Donnell, Valerie Jarrett. Obama Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah's 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Norah O’Donnell, Senior Advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah’s 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Debbie Dingell. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah's 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Debbie Dingell. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah’s 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Susanna Quinn. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah's 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Susanna Quinn. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah’s 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Photo © Tony Powell. Norah's 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Photo © Tony Powell. Norah’s 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

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It’s that time of year again – the unveiling of the much-anticipated list – in the under-40 world it’s become THE MOST coveted list, on which to appear, in DC…The Young and the Guestlist! I’ve tackled this feature a handful of times in the past but this year’s photo shoot – due to the sheer number of participants – was by far the most challenging.

Cover Photo © Tony Powell. Maria Kirilenko & Alexander Ovechkin. 2014 February Issue

© Tony Powell. Maria Kirilenko & Alexander Ovechkin. 2014 February Issue

Shooting took place over the course of 3 days in December, in a cavernous suite at the Willard Hotel, and was a veritable revolving door of the most vibrant, talented and influential individuals from just about every sector of society! Even camera-shy, hockey great, Alexander Ovechkin, and his soon-to-be bride, swimsuit model, Maria Kirilenko, dropped by and scored the cover in the process!

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Kathleen Turner in a still from, Body Heat, the movie that made her a star.

2014 got off to a great start by being asked to photograph movie star, Kathleen Turner, for Arena Stage’s upcoming production of Bertolt Brecht’s 1939 anti-war drama, Mother Courage and her Children!

Arena Stage Artistic Director, Molly Smith writes, “In Mother Courage, Brecht wrote one of the greatest roles a woman can play. Anna Fierling – known as Mother Courage – is a single mother trying to keep her family alive and her business afloat during the Thirty Years War. She is strong. She is determined. And she is resilient. Who better to take on this epic role than Kathleen Turner – a brilliant theater artist who brings so much verve and truth to the characters she creates?

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I 1st met Kathleen, in New York City, when she was a guest artist with the Martha Graham Dance Company, and I, a student at Juilliard. I’ve photographed her many times since then, but this time was, by far, the most interesting and artistically challenging! For a series of solo portraits we drew inspiration from wartime-era propaganda posters such as the famous Rosie the Riveter “We Can Do It” image created by J. Howard Miller in 1943.

We Can Do It poster from 1943

“We Can Do It!” poster from 1943

Propaganda-era inspired portrait shoot with Kathleen Turner

© Tony Powell. Propaganda-era posters were the source of inspiration for the solo portraits I created of Kathleen Turner as Mother Courage. January 7, 2014

Tony Powell Photographing cast of Mother Courage. Arena Stage

© Tony Powell. Behind-the-scenes “family” portrait of Mother Courage and her Children. January 7, 2014

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PHASE ONE IQ CONFERENCE • MILK STUDIO

March 20, 2012

From the moment I arrived at the Phase One IQ Conference last Tuesday at Milk Studio in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, I felt right at home. Hosted by Digital Transitions, the all-day conference left me more determined than ever to make an IQ back a permanent part of my gear. Check-in was a breeze, having registered online ahead of time so I headed straight to the Hands-on IQ session taking place in Studio A, which was outfitted with top of the line Broncolor packs, heads and light modifiers.

© Tony Powell. Linnea Hart. Milk Studio NYC. March 20, 2012

© Tony Powell. Eye Detail. Milk Studio NYC. March 20, 2012

© Tony Powell. Linnea Hart. Milk Studio NYC. March 20, 2012

© Tony Powell. Phase One IQ system. Milk Studio NYC. March 20, 2012

I’d been waiting to try out this system for several years so when I held the Phase One 645DF for the first time it was as though I’d owned the camera from the start. The way it fits in the hands and the weight of the body and lens felt as if the system were a natural extension of my arms and eyes – exactly how I had hoped it would feel. The one thing I couldn’t anticipate, though, was the enormous difference in quality of the image produced by the 80-megapixel and my 21-megapixel Canon 5D Mark II. There is NOTHING like it and I’ll never look at image-making the same way again.

Photo by Daniel Sone. My first time shooting with the Phase One IQ 180! Milk Studio NYC. March 20, 2012

© Tony Powell. Milk Studio NYC. March 20, 2012

© Tony Powell. Phase One Capture Pilot demonstration. Milk Studio NYC. March 20, 2012

© Tony Powell. Broncolor Tutorial with Andre. Milk Studio NYC. March 20, 2012

© Tony Powell. Lena Vesel. Milk Studio NYC. March 20, 2012

© Tony Powell. Linnea Hart. Milk Studio NYC. March 20, 2012

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It reminded me of the first frames I made with my very first medium format film camera – the twin lens reflex Mamiya C3 - in 1995. When those scanned transparencies came back from the photo shop I couldn’t believe the level of detail and the high dynamic range that the 6×6 format offered.

Mamiya C3 Twin Lens Reflex

I soon-after bought he Hasselblad 501 CM and in so doing, found my camera of choice…so I thought. The Phase One 645DF with the IQ back has changed it all and it’s a matter of when, not if, it’ll be my next system.

Hasselblad 501CM

With the advent of the digital age in the late 90′s and early 2000′s – more and more more pressure was placed on “film” photographers to jump on board the pixel bandwagon. Outfitting my medium format gear with the digital backs that were showing up on the market at the time proved too cost prohibitive to justify the expense, so I bought my first DSLR, instead – the Canon 20D. A succession of cameras followed…the 40D, the Canon G11, the 7D for a brief time, and ultimately (2) 5D Mark IIs…all the while, waiting for the day I could afford to return to the medium format – but this time at the digital level.

© Tony Powell. Digital Transitions rep Lance Schad and photographer Jaime DeMarco discuss the differences between DSLRs and the digital medium format. Milk Studio NYC. March 20, 2012

© Tony Powell. Phase One IQ back on an Arca Swiss technical camera. Milk Studio NYC. March 20, 2012

© Tony Powell. Models Lena Vesel and Linnea Hart. Milk Studio NYC. March 20, 2012

© Tony Powell. Conference presenter/photographer Jaime DeMarco examining the accuracy of the IQ 180's focussing mask.

© Tony Powell. Digital Workstation. Milk Studio NYC. March 20, 2012

© Tony Powell. Lena Vesel. Milk Studio NYC. March 20, 2012

© Tony Powell. Fulbright/DeJong Engagement. September 30, 2011

© Tony Powell. Fulbright/DeJong Engagement. September 30, 2011

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© Tony Powell. Fulbright/DeJong Engagement. September 30, 2011

© Tony Powell. Fulbright/DeJong Engagement. September 30, 2011