New York City, February 2014, during a cold winter’s night, Franck Bohbot decided to photograph Milo Cramer, 25, a young actor at work, not on stage, but in his daily work, as a barista at a brooklyn bakery in order to support his acting career. With ‘I am An Actor’ Bohbot has created a series of photographs between documentary and theatrically staged tableaux. With a shared vision, interviewer Philippe Ungar joined Franck Bohbot in this project in the summer of 2015.

In New York, maybe more than anywhere else, the vast majority of actors have to deal with their acting careers and their daily jobs to support themselves. The project is about photographing and interviewing them in order to better understand the unique relationships they experience between their passion and the reality. They work as waiters, dog-walkers, delivery men, preschool teachers, production assistants, lawyers or even private eyes etc. and often learn something essential from these survival jobs for their own acting. Freezing each actor within a moment of his or her daily life in those portraits, they are exploring the concept that actors are all playing a role on stage and outside the stage, because ultimately, they all have to be somebody. The photographs by Franck Bohbot and the interviews by Philippe Ungar complement each other.

Text by Kelly Richman

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