When we think of Hollywood royalty, often the picture that comes to mind is gorgeous and airbrushed to the extreme. London- and New York-based photographer Andy Gotts, however, takes a different approach with his celebrity portraits, which are often bursting with spontaneity and humor. Both playful and intimate, these photos present our favorite A-list stars in a brand new light.
The portraits, many of which are black and white, strip away much of the glitz and glam that we associate with big names like Scarlett Johansson, George Clooney, and Gwyneth Paltrow. Instead, the distinguished actors and actresses are depicted making funny faces, striking hilarious poses, and smiling completely naturally. It’s great to see that no matter how rich or famous they become, some folks from Tinseltown aren’t afraid to let loose and goof off in front of the camera.
Above: Scarlett Johansson
Helena Bonham Carter
Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart
Samuel L. Jackson
Robert De Niro