The "face of true grief" has been revealed in raw portraits of an actor who insisted on having his photo taken in the minutes after learning of his father's death.
John Schneider, best known for his role as Bo Duke in The Dukes of Hazard, asked a photographer to take photos of him while he broke down in grief.
Schneider had been in the studio to have promotional photos taken for a new show, The Haves and Have Nots, when he received the news about his 83-year-old dad.
Professional photographer Jeremy Cowart has told how he was stunned, shocked, and deeply moved when the actor insisted his photo be taken while his misery took over.
Cowart wrote in a blog on his website, jeremycowart.com, that his greatest frustration with promotional shoots was "I never really get to connect with the people I'm shooting".
Schneider proved a rare exception, explained Cowart in the post revealing the startling story behind the stunning portraits after receiving the actor's permission to make them public.
"John was one of my many subjects that day and like the rest of the cast, he was extremely professional, humble and a lot of fun to work with," Cowart said.
"He was killing his portraits… smiling, goofing off and he even threw in several impressions of famous actors and presidents."
After they had wrapped, Schneider approached Cowart and asked him to "sneak a few more portraits of me".
"There's something going on and I just need a photo," he told the photographer, who agreed to keep shooting.
"He immediately began weeping," Cowart said.
"Legitimately crying. He was so good at impressions that I thought this was another impression and I thought 'wow, what an acting talent'.
"But then, after a couple of frames, I could tell that this wasn’t an act. He was really somewhere else."
Cowart soon "didn't feel right" taking the photos, put down his camera and hugged Schneider.
"He whispered in my ear, 'My dad died about an hour ago. I found out during our lunch break. And I wanted you to capture that for me'," Cowart said.
"I was stunned. Shocked. And deeply moved, obviously," Cowart said.
"I didn't want to ask any further questions out of respect."
"I've since received official permission from John to share this story and these portraits with you. I will never forget this moment. And I want to thank John for inviting me into his story, even just for a moment and for allowing me to capture this for him," Cowart said.
"As a father myself, I wept for him. We all did that day."