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Intimate shots of top actors go on show at The Blake Gallery, Gravesend

PUBLISHED: 12:13 03 April 2013 | UPDATED: 12:13 03 April 2013

Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig

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A topless and toned Daniel Craig dips his head and rolls a cigarette while the reflection of a more relaxed Judi Dench laughs and stares directly at the photographer via her dressing room mirror.

These images form part of The Half exhibition, soon to go on display at The Blake gallery in The Woodville, Gravesend.

They capture the tense moments in the period known in theatre circles as ‘the half’ – the 30 minutes before actors face their audience.

Photographer Simon Annand has been taking production shots for large scale shows like War Horse for move than two decades.

It gave him access to some of the greatest actors of modern day- John Gielgud, Vanessa Redgrave, Glenda Jackson and Kevin Spacey amongst scores of others.

His images capture the emotion and personal rituals of performers preparing to go on stage.

“The dressing room is the physical space where the psychological negotiation between the actor and this fictional character can take place,” he explains.

“I’m taking photographs of actors deep in thought as they make the transition over into the fictional character.”

The exhibition is run in partnership with the V&A. It opens next Wednesday and runs until June 9, with free entrance.

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