In my opinion, Paz de la Huerta is one of the most enigmatic and erotic American actresses. Not one to shy away from baring intimate moments in front of the camera, she collaborated with film photographer Alexandra Carr in a post-break-up project in 2009 and the progression towards healing is now a published photo book. Read on to peep more.
“This book, in a way, is about the end of suffering,” Paz said in an interview with the Cut. “I love myself for the first time of my life. So as David Bowie killed off Ziggy Stardust, I killed off [my past self], whatever you want to call her.” Shot using a 35mm Nikon camera by Alexandra Carr, the photo book is a collection of spontaneous portraits Carr has taken of de la Huerta all over New York since a bad break-up in 2009. The private photos are made even more personal by handwritten poetry by the actress which she said turned out to be therapeutic because one makes “something beautiful from suffering.”
Entitled The Birds Didn’t Die Over the Winter, Carr explains the story behind it: “[Paz] called one morning in the spring saying she had an idea for what we should call the book. She said she woke up and heard birds outside her window. She couldn’t believe they had survived such an abominable winter. It was a perfect metaphor for the book.”