October 22, 2012 0

The other Zoe

By michael lavine in

Frail and fragile yet with an inner strength that you could feel warming the room, Zoe Kazan sat in my studio chatting with me about a few of our mutual friends. I knew a lot of the crew from the film “Meeks Cutoff” and it was nice to connect with Zoe on a personal level. You never know what effect these kinds of conversations have on a person before they have their photograph taken but the hope is that everyone is more comfortable and in turn the session goes well. I will say that Zoe was marvelously refreshing to photograph, with a natural casualness in front of the camera that I rarely witness. I’m guessing that growing up as the granddaughter of the legendary film director Elia Kazan has instilled a certain level of inherent professionalism in her soul. It was an honor to work with her. On a historic note, my shoot with Zoe was the last shoot to take place in my 284 Lafayette street studio. I lived there for 10 years and many great images were made in that space. If you are looking for me, I am now in Brooklyn, where all the cool people live.

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