I’m in love with this Rolling Stone photo essay on Mad Men. Plagued with an obsession surrounding illusion and reality as a child, my consummate fascination with theaters, backstage, costumes and rehearsals piqued at an early age. It’s really no wonder that I stumbled into showbiz.
These photos lift the veil on the backbreaking effort necessary to create the seamless illusion that is Mad Men. Impromptu moments that capture the actors in street clothes enveloped by makeup crew, wardrobe racks, spikes and apple products (Don Draper holding an iphone-what?) force an acknowledgement of the divide between reality and show.
My favorite shots are the first two; it’s mindblowing how many cameras swarm around the actors and the amazing level of precision achieved by the props team. (I give them props. Groan.)