Madam Secretary's Geoffrey Arend Gets Creative Behind The Camera

Shutterbug Geoffrey Arend shares his point of view

Shutterbug Geoffrey Arend shares his point of view

Ask photographers about their artistic points of view, and the answers are often curated to impress. But Madam Secretary star Geoffrey Arend is quick to downplay his talent. "I don't know if I have one," he says. "It all makes me really uncomfortable because I think of it as a hobby. I'm an amateur."

It's clear, however, that his inspirations are as intelligent and thoughtful as he is. His images are bold, clean, and evocative and include behind-the-scenes shots from Madam Secretary, moody street views, self-portraits (as shown above) and portraits of his family—including his wife of eight years, Mad Men's Christina Hendricks.

Click through to see this exclusive collection of unguarded moments Geoffrey Arend captured of his Madam Secretary castmates and learn more about how the CBS star fell for vintage photography.

Photography by Geoffrey Arend.

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Digital lifestyle

Digital lifestyle

"I've always taken a lot of photos in the digital realm. I'd take photos, put them on a hard drive, and never really look at them." — Geoffrey Arend (on how he became interested in photography).

Photo subject: Téa Leoni. Photography by Geoffrey Arend.

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Memories lost

Memories lost

"Then two years later, my hard drive would fail and I'd get very discouraged." — Geoffrey Arend (on how he became interested in photography).

Photo subject: Patina Miller. Photography by Geoffrey Arend.

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Moments in time

Moments in time

"I went home to my family's house in Queens, and I found photos from 1910. I couldn't believe how beautiful they were." — Geoffrey Arend (on how he became interested in photography).

Photo subject: Bebe Neuwirth. Photography by Geoffrey Arend.

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For the record

For the record

"I sat there for several hours scanning photos all the way up to 2004." — Geoffrey Arend (on how he became interested in photography).

Photo subjects: Erich Bergen and Bebe Neuwirth. Photography by Geoffrey Arend.

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Artistic vision

Artistic vision

"I noticed the quality of the photographs declined in the 1980s with disposable camera and those first digitals with the date in the corner." — Geoffrey Arend (on how he became interested in photography).

Photo subjects: Bebe Neuwirth, Erich Bergen, and Patina Miller. Photography by Geoffrey Arend.

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Fast mood

Fast mood

"It's like we were eating McDonald's for two decades and screwing up our artistic taste buds because we were cracked out on new crap." — Geoffrey Arend (on how he became interested in photography).

Photo subjects: Arian Moayed (left) and Evan Roe. Photography by Geoffrey Arend.

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Photographic pursuits

Photographic pursuits

"I started looking for old cameras at [New York City camera store] B&H, and I got them for a song. It made me fall in love again." — Geoffrey Arend (on how he became interested in photography).

Photo subjects: Costumer designer Amy Roth (left), Patina Miller, and Téa Leoni. Photography by Geoffrey Arend.

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Patience is a virtue

Patience is a virtue

"It's that meditation of waiting for something to come that's exciting." — Geoffrey Arend (on how he became interested in photography).

Photo subject: Téa Leoni. Photography by Geoffrey Arend.

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Worth the wait

Worth the wait

"I drop off five rolls, and I get back gifts." — Geoffrey Arend (on how he became interested in photography).

Photo subjects: Executive producer Eric Stoltz (left) and director James Whitmore. Photography by Geoffrey Arend.

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Fine print

Fine print

"Sometimes I get 12 perfect shots, and sometimes something awful. But a photograph happened—I love that." — Geoffrey Arend (on how he became interested in photography).

Photo subject: Patina Miller. Photography by Geoffrey Arend.

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Celebrity status

Celebrity status

"If you have an intelligent idea that you can share, maybe you can [use] the idea to do some good." — Geoffrey Arend (on the intersection of celebrity and politics in real life).

Photo subject: Bebe Neuwirth. Photography by Geoffrey Arend. 

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Point of view

Point of view

"I have no problem telling people how I feel, and my opinions have always gotten me into trouble." — Geoffrey Arend (on the intersection of celebrity and politics in real life).

Photo subjects: Madam Secretary film crew working behind the scenes. Photography by Geoffrey Arend.

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Political climate

Political climate

"I'm on a show that tries to be nonpartisan and fair and tries to reach as wide an audience as possible." — Geoffrey Arend (on if he thought our political climate could be as wild as his fictional one).

Photo subjects: Evan Roe and extras on set. Photography by Geoffrey Arend.

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Keep an open mind

Keep an open mind

"If we can have smart narrative that give people examples of why their thinking might be narrow-minded, that makes me feel like we're contributing and creating helpful art." — Geoffrey Arend (on if he thought our political climate could be as wild as his fictional one).

Photo subjects: Madam Secretary writers in the writers' room. Photography by Geoffrey Arend.

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