C-3PO with Cade Martin

May the 4th be with you!
Cade Martin portrays one of the most recognisable movie characters for Smithsonian Magazine.

For over forty years actor Anthony Daniels has embodied the role of the endearing droid C-3PO, lending him the voice and fussy human character traits that offer comic relief when danger and tension arise in the Star Wars movies. While other characters and actors have come and gone or significantly aged over the decades, C-3PO remains almost unchanged, and at age 72, Daniels still enjoys slipping into his role enormously. 

Our NY studio handled the post production and added some fog to intensify the atmosphere. If you ever wish to get a closer look at C-3PO, you can view a costume from 1983’s Return of the Jedi at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.  

"Each project I do hits home for different audiences in different ways, but these C-3PO images have been some of my most widely resonant. This droid has a firm grip on our national (and beyond) cultural memory. It was a unique challenge to photograph this icon as a piece of machinery, a sum of metal lustre and wires - apart from but as a compliment to everyone’s knowledge of and affection for this American character." – Cade Martin

Scroll down for a fascinating behind the scenes video, on location at the Smithsonian Museum.
"Everything is really protected, for obvious reasons, and we weren’t allowed to touch C-3PO at all during the shoot. Even as an adult and a professional photographer doing a job, you can summon that feeling of a grade school field trip to the museum – “Don’t touch the artwork!!” – Cade Martin on shooting C-3PO at the Smithsonian.
Client: Smithsonian
Photographer: Cade Martin
Post Artists: Federico Chiesa, Gabriel Isak / Recom Farmhouse NY


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Cade Martin portrays one of the most recognisable movie characters for Smithsonian Magazine. For over forty years actor Anthony Daniels has embo Read More
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