The concept is simple: 21 Exposures is Anthem’s ongoing photography project that documents the lives of some of our select interview subjects as told through the eyes of the subjects themselves. Our participants are handed a disposable camera with a set number of exposures to work with and plainly told that once their photos are developed, every photo will be shared with our readers.

An interview can often feel like it’s just skimming the surface of things. 21 Exposures is intended to help dispel this feeling of distant unfamiliarity. The way in which our subjects are able to freely share intimate moments of their lives, on their own terms rather than an interested party’s such as ours, can be more tractable than you might think. We acknowledge the inherent limitations of using a disposable camera, a medium that can only be partial and work at the level of vague hints, however, it’s the subject’s willingness to observe their surroundings more closely and celebrate individual perception that are, in some ways, the most significant contribution of all.

For our latest edition in this series, we asked Anson Mount, the star of AMC’s critically acclaimed TV show Hell on Wheels to document his life for an unspecified period of time in New York City. Scroll through the embedded gallery above to see what he captured.

  • Anson Mount is more than awesome. One of the coolest dudes ever!!!

    Gary (January 17, 2012 at 9:23 pm)
  • Go Anson, you rock!

    Bryce (January 19, 2012 at 5:42 am)
  • Thanks for sharing a day in the life of A. Mount in NYC. Fun to look through and especially read the funny captions. Good luck with your career. Love Hell on Wheels and hoping the show has a long run.

    Anita (January 19, 2012 at 5:54 am)
  • Mr. Anson Mount, according to us who actually live in Hollywood, is defined as an actor who possesses “IT” ~ as did Humphrey Bogart, Montgomery Clift, Clark Gable, and Spencer Tracy. “IT” ~ that undefinable certain “something” that makes Mr. Mount a true “Star”!

    mestenia (March 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm)
  • Don’t think you need to live in Hollywood to know when someone has “IT” and Anson Mount certainly does.

    Linda (March 31, 2012 at 9:21 pm)
  • I liked these pictures because it raw because of city life. Where no body cares, Who care you are just living life of city that never sleep. What you make of it! I picture tell you a story of person life that moment, who you with and enjoy life. Or being a New Yorker moving fast. Thank you Anson Mount for these moment in eyes in world moment in life. That life memory in regular man.

    Mabel Cala (March 31, 2013 at 12:21 am)
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    man (August 7, 2013 at 1:50 pm)
  • I was just in NY recently, and saw some of those places. That makes it even more cool. I’ve always loved photography.

    lori (January 11, 2015 at 9:17 pm)
  • i liked these photos! You did very well. Just another talent you have!!!

    Jackie (April 2, 2015 at 12:30 am)

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