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Lionsgate’s Tim Palen on Photographing Jennifer Lawrence: ‘You Can Shoot Her With This Phone and It Would Be Spectacular’

Jennifer Lawrence was very much front and center Tuesday night as selections from “Tim Palen: Photographs From The Hunger Games” were on exhibit at the Leica Gallery in West Hollywood.

“She’s a dream,” said Palen, Lionsgate’s chief brand officer and president of worldwide marketing, and creator of “The Hunger Games” marketing materials. “You can shoot her with this phone and it would be dewy-looking and spectacular. She’s so extraordinary-looking.”

Palen’s show will be open Oct. 28-30 at the Leica Gallery, before the worldwide series of premieres in Berlin, London, Beijing and Los Angeles prior to the opening of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2” on Nov. 20.

“I’m always in a Mockingjay sort of mood,” Palen reflected. “It’s a good way to kick off the tour. I’m leaving Saturday for Berlin and I’m going to keep up as long as I can keep up but I’m not as young as I used to be.”

Palen admitted that he’s particularly fond of a black-and-white shot of Lawrence in a dimly lit archery pose. The title is “Shoot Straight.”

“On that picture the lighting malfucntioned and there was a key light on her that didn’t go off,” he recalled. “It was a mistake but it was also more dramatic than anything else we shot at that point. It became one of my favorites because  I know that it’s a happy accident.”

Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, co-chairmen of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, production chief Erik Feig and director Francis Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Evan Ross were on hand. “Tim Palen Photographs From the Hunger Games” is published by Assouline.

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