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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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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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© Tony Powell. January 7, 2014

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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