Gena Rowlands, by Peter Lindbergh (Harper’s Bazaar)

Call her “Gloria”(1980) or “A Woman Under The Influence” (1974), Gena Rowlands, actress extraordinaire and John Cassavetes‘ wife and muse, was photographed by famed German photographer Peter Lindbergh in December 1996 for Harper’s Bazaar.  Here are the two stunning photos of her face and hands.
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Anthony Quinn self-portrait

Irish-Mexican actor Anthony Quinn (1915-2001) is known for his many awesome films such as La Strada (1954), Zorba The Greek (1964), Laurence of Arabia (1962) etc. Other than being an actor, he was also a painter. This is what he had to say about his art and self-portrait:
“Painting the face as a picture is not difficult. It’s rather easy. But to paint the essence of what that face is or what it represents to me- that’s going to be the next step”.
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How Jack became the Joker

“When producer Michael Uslan was first thinking about how to bring a darker version of Batman to the big screen, back in 1980, he saw a photo of Jack Nicholson from The Shining in the newspaper — and he started drawing on it. Uslan turned Nicholson’s famous “Here’s Johnny!” face into the Clown Prince of Crime. And, just nine years later, the rest was movie history.”
Thank you Rawad Nassif for this lovely contribution. Check out Jack and Antonioni on the set of The Passenger, here
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The pictorialist master; Edward Steichen’s portrait of Gloria Swanson

Edward Steichen (1879-1973), a famed Pictorialist photographer and painter in the United States and abroad worked for Vogue and Vanity Fair.
His portrait of Gloria Swanson has taken on iconic masterpiece status overtime. Created in 1924, just as sound films were emerging & Swanson’s career was in decline. She looks haunting and inscrutable, forever veiled in the whisper of a distant era. Steichen’s photograph has elements of turn-of-the-century pictorialism (moody and delicate, the subject seeming to peer from the darkness, as if from jungle foliage), yet it also projects modernist boldness, with its pin-sharp precision and graphic severity.
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Anderson, as in Lindsay Anderson: A Portrait

A founding figure of the British New-Wave, and if you have not seen his films with Malcolm McDowell, you gotta, here is Lindsay Anderson! (Think “If” in 1968, “O Lucky Man” in 1973 & “Britannia Hospital” in 1982 just to name some of his impressive works, although the quality of the last film has been the subject of many debates).
This photo of the director was taken in the 80s  – a period when Anderson found it increasingly difficult to make films following the poor critical and commercial response to his 1982 film. Around that year, Anderson was offered the role of the Emperor in Return of the Jedi. Unknown photographer.

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All rights go to the University of Sterling and the Lindsay Anderson Foundation.

“The Face of Greta Garbo” by Clarence Bull

Swedish film star Greta Garbo (1905 – 1900) was photographed by renown photographer Clarence Bull (1896-1979), one of the greatest portrait photographers of the Golden Age of Hollywood. “The head of MGM’s stills department for nearly forty years, Clarence Sinclair Bull, along with “George Hurrell”, virtually invented celebrity portraiture as we know it today, capturing with rare artistry a breathtaking roster of stars in brilliant and often surprising ways. His magical and dream-like photographs – in particular his collaboration with Greta Garbo, whom he photographed almost exclusively from 1929 until 1941 became the classic images of Hollywood portrait photography, instrumental in fixing the essential look of a star and in setting standards of beauty male and female – to this day. ” – from

Greta Garbo, in Mata Hari, 1931, by Clarence Bull.
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