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Capturing Intimate Moments of Celebrities With Greg Williams

To see more intimate moments with celebrities, follow @gregwilliamsphotography on Instagram.

In the midst of Hollywood glitz, British photographer Greg Williams (@gregwilliamsphotography) captures intimate moments with celebrities. His series #artofbehindthescenes includes Charlize Theron losing Sean Penn on the red carpet and the stars of the upcoming American adventure film “Everest” riding an unexpected wave en route to this year’s Venice Film Festival. “What I call ‘happy accidents’ often give the pictures that extra flair,” the 43-year-old says. “I’d gotten the three guys to come to the back of the boat for a picture, and as I was shooting, a huge boat went by and caused a massive wave. It was like we were gonna go over! It just created this wonderful drama and energy.” And yet, the near-capsized boat pales in comparison to the risks Greg took on his first assignment as a photographer: at 19, he had to be smuggled into Myanmar to take pictures of guerrillas fighting in the country’s civil war. “I have that sensitivity to genuine human emotion,” he says. “My empathy is probably a bigger asset than my eye.”