Some of the greatest celebrity photography in recent years has been shot in connection with one film franchise: The Hunger Games. We're not talking mere posters here. We're talking portraiture.
Here are the best of those photos thus far. Many of them can be seen in a new book by Tim Palen, who shot some of the most memorable imagery.
Here, you see Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) and Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence). The two defied the odds in 2012's "The Hunger Games" by becoming the first duo to survive the brutal games in which young representatives from the 12 districts of a fictional world known as Panem are made to fight to the death till there's only one survivor.
Even though they're supposed to be in love, they're not exactly looking all googly-eyed in this shot. Maybe it has something to do with all those white rose petals fluttering around. They are, after all, the symbol of their archenemy, President Snow. Snow's in charge of the Capitol -- the city which is Panem's seat of power, hosts the Hunger Games and exists off the backbreaking labor of those in all the other districts.
The districts in the "Hunger Games" books and movies are organized around the particular products they produce. This shot, released as part of a 2014 "District Heroes" series, shows a citizen from District 9, the grain district.
Though she used to be a Capitol lackey, Cressida (left, Natalie Dormer) eventually joined the rebellion and became a critical part of the Mockingjay's (the code word for Katniss's rebel persona) propaganda machine, as the main media director. Here she's shown with Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), Katniss's friend, hunting partner, love interest and loyal rebel fighter.
When you're fighting an evil empire like the Capitol, it's not too easy to escape for a honeymoon on a warm, sun-kissed beach. Looks like Peeta and Katniss had to settle for a much more sterile environment to celebrate their nuptials. Maybe after President Snow is vanquished, they can head to Finnick's home, the seashore-adjacent District 4.
In this photo, the photographer, Tim Palen, simply names the subject "Capitol Extras." Likely what he's describing are the residents of the rich city who are used as background attendees at many of the pageants surrounding the annual Hunger Games.
In this case, he shows them fading into the background, which is exactly what they're meant to do. Residents of the Capitol are meant to be passive and not question the authority of their leader, President Snow.
In exchange, they get a pretty cushy lifestyle, which, however, is set to be disrupted by the arrival of Katniss and her army in the final movie of the series. It begins opening worldwide on November 18.