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Backstage at the Oscars: Capturing authentic moments you won’t see on TV

“You only get one shot when the moment is real.”   Embed from Getty Images “Matthew McConaughey walks off stage and its mayhem. He’s surrounded by producers, publicists and other actors who are waiting to present backstage. People are clapping and the cameras are going off—it’s very overwhelming. About a minute after, it’s quiet and […]

The celebrity photos photographers love: Oscars edition

“I prefer this image over a fake smile any day.”   As the anticipation builds toward the Academy Awards, we asked Getty Images photographers to share their favorite shots of this year’s nominees. From Leonardo DiCaprio to Jennifer Lawrence, here’s what they had to say:   1. Leonardo DiCaprio at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards […]

Video: Creating art from entertainment

“That’s the job of a great entertainment photographer…catch the moment and take it to the end reader and go ‘Did you feel that?” – Larry Busacca, Getty Images Chief Entertainment Photographer.  

Behind this Kanye photo: Finding beauty amid chaos

 “I want to make everyone looking at these images feel what I’m feeling.” The entertainment industry isn’t particularly known for predictability and calmness. But photographer Christopher Polk likes it that way. “I thrive off chaos. To be able to create amazing imagery with all these elements stacked against you is so rewarding,” he said. “I […]