Tribute to authors & screenwriters: Three portraits of Truman Capote

Not only was Truman Capote (1924-1984) the author behind “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961) & “In Cold Blood” (1967), but he also wrote the screenplay for “Beat the Devil” (1953, directed by John Huston) & the dialogue for “Indiscretion of an American Wife” (1953, Vittorio de Sica).

He has been portrayed several times, most impressively by Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Capote” (2005, directed by Bennett Miller). He likewise starred in the hilarious noir comedy “Murder by Death” alongside Peter Falk (1974, Robert Moore).

Below are 3 of my favorite portraits of the artist. All rights belong to their respective photographers.

© Truman Capote, Henri-Cartier Bresson, 1947

© Truman Capote by Richard Avedon, New York City, October 1950

© Truman Capote, Irving Penn, 1965.

Tribute to authors & screenwriters: Who is Jerzy Kosinski?

Jerzy Kosinski is born Jozef Lewinkopf ( June 14, 1933 – May 3, 1991) and is a Polish-American novelist, 2-time president of American Chapter of P.E.N.
He was great friends with Peter Sellers. They shared substance abuse, depression and the film “Being There” (1979, directed by Hal Ashby) which Kosinski wrote & Sellers starred in. As a child, he had survived WWII under a false identity. He committed suicide in 1991.

© “Jerzy Kosinski” by Victor Skrebneski. 14 in x 11 11/16 in, Gelatin silver print. Museum of Contemporary photography, Chicago.

Tribute to authors & screewriters: Anita Loos

 We often forget or disregard the name and faces of the artists who wrote our favorite screenplays or yet-to-be-adapted novels.

© This is Anita Loos (April 26, 1888 – August 18, 1981), an American screenwriter, playwright and author, best known for her blockbuster comic novel, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. She was also John Emerson’s wife, who convinced her to stop writing. Unknown photographer.

Brigitte Bardot visits Picasso (1956)

© French actress Brigitte Bardot visits the cubist master Pablo Picasso in 1956. These shots were taken at his atelier in Vallauris, near Cannes while the film festival was happening.

“Christopher Reeve” by Herb Ritts

© American fashion photographer, Herb Ritts (1952-2002) took many portraits of models, actors and celebrities.
This is a shot of X-superman Christopher Reeve (1952- 2004).
This is what Ritts had to say about it in an interview “I think there’s an almost stoic quality about this picture. The light’s from a skylight in my studio; it’s not artificially lit.I do admire people who, even in a dire situation-like Stephen Hawking, as well-exhibit an indomitable spirit. “