Frail and fragile yet with an inner strength that you could feel warming the room, Zoe Kazan sat in my studio chatting with me about a few of our mutual friends. I knew a lot of the crew from the film “Meeks Cutoff” and it was nice to connect with Zoe on a personal level. You never know what effect these kinds of conversations have on a person before they have their photograph taken but the hope is that everyone is more comfortable and in turn the session goes well. I will say that Zoe was marvelously refreshing to photograph, with a natural casualness in front of the camera that I rarely witness. I’m guessing that growing up as the granddaughter of the legendary film director Elia Kazan has instilled a certain level of inherent professionalism in her soul. It was an honor to work with her. On a historic note, my shoot with Zoe was the last shoot to take place in my 284 Lafayette street studio. I lived there for 10 years and many great images were made in that space. If you are looking for me, I am now in Brooklyn, where all the cool people live.