Last June, I finally photographed a series that had been on my mind for quite some time. In LA we lived less than a mile from CBS Television City, a famous studio where shows like The Price is Right, American Idol, and Dancing With the Stars have taped. I used to drive by on my way to and from photo shoots and see lines of people, dressed as if for church, sweating it out in the sun. It took me a bit but then I realized — these were the live audience members you see on talk shows and game shows. These were the people you can hear laughing in the background on sitcoms. These were the Live Audience.
I posted a casting call on craigslist and LA Casting, asking people who had been an audience member on at least three shows to come in to the studio and be photographed. Over the next ten days or so I’ll be posted some selects from that series. You can see the whole project on my site.
This is Deon Mason: born and raised in Los Angeles, he has been doing live audience work for over ten years. Shows: Catch 21, Family, Instant Recall, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, America’s Court.