Portrait of Vivien Leigh by Norman Parkinson (1935)

Norman Parkinson (1913 – 1990) is a celebrated English portrait and fashion photographer. He revolutionized British Fashion photography thanks to his work for VOGUE. Among the big name he photographed is Vivien Leigh in 1935
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Sean Penn, by Bruce Weber (1999)

Bruce Weber (1946-) is an American photographer responsible for several ad campaigns for CK, Ralph Lauren, Versace etc. He shot this photo of Sean Penn for Italian Uomo VOGUE, December 1999. Below you’ll find the original photo as well as the magazine cover. 
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Charlie Chaplin & Sergei Eisenstein “playing” tennis

In 1930, Charlie Chaplin & Sergei Eisenstein got together to “play” tennis, literally. Eisenstein  spent considerable time with Charlie Chaplin, who recommended that Eisenstein meet with a sympathetic benefactor in the person of American socialist author Upton Sinclair, who would later arrange for Eisenstein to go to Mexico.
I am not the author of this image, all rights go to Photocave Private Collection by National Archive.

Check out a photo of Sergei Eisenstein holding up something special here and Charlie Chaplin upon leaving the US (by Richard Avedon) here.

In Palestine with Pier Paolo Pasolini

In the early 60s, director Pier Paolo Pasolini took a trip to Palestine. He was hunting for locations for “The Gospel According to St Mathew” (1964). He eventually chose Italy as the backdrop for the story but did make a documentary about this expedition titles “Sopralluoghi in Palestina per il vangelo secondo Matteo”(1965).
Check out some Japanese Pasolini film posters here and his photo in Napoli with Maria Callas here.

Interesting fact, when asked at a press conference in 1966 “Why do you deal with religious themes, you yourself being an unbeliever?”, Pasolini replied: “If you know that I am an unbeliever, then you know me better than I do myself. I may be an unbeliever, but I am an unbeliever who has a nostalgia for a belief.”

Fritz Lang, Feb. 27 1969

Fritz Lang is photographed by Los Angeles Times staff photographer Harry Chase for a story on the famous Hollywood filmmaker by Los Angeles Times staff writer Kevin Thomas. A different frame from the 1969 shoot ran with Thomas’s interview.”

This frame — my favorite — from the 1969 photo session was published with this 2001 Kevin Thomas retrospective on Lang.”

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Anna Magnani like you’ve never seen her. Portraits by Bob Collins.

Italian stage & film actress Anna Magnani (1908 – 1973) achieved international fame in Rossellini’s Rome, Open City (1945), Pasolini’s Mamma Roma (1962) and the Tennessee Williams adaptation of The Rose Tattoo (1955).
She is considered by Life Magazine to be “one of the most impressive actresses since Garbo” . Here she is shining in these 2 portraits by photographer Bob Collins.

Bob Collins, vintage print, circa 1954. Given by Rudolph John Acton, in 2003, to the National Portrait Gallery London.  All rights go to the NPG – London.

An exceptional horseman named Jeremy Irons

Actor Jeremy Irons (1948-) , star of Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers (1988), Lynch’s Inland Empire (2006) and Louis Malle’s Damage (1992) is actually an exceptionally good horseman.
Swiss artist Michel Comteborn in 1954 received his first international advertising assignment from Karl Lagerfeld for the fashion house of Chloe and moved to Paris.

In 1990, he took these photos of Irons for Interview Magazine. I think the last shot is very Fritz Lang.
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