Baron Laurence Olivier by Carl Van Vechten

No introduction is needed to Laurence Kerr Olivier aka Baron Olivier. In 1939, American writer and photographer Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) shot this portrait of him.
vintage gelatin silver print, 17 June 1939
13 1/4 in. x 10 5/8 in. (335 mm x 270 mm)
© estate of Carl Van Vechten. I am not the author of this image.

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NPG P1126; Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier by Carl Van Vechten

Buster Keaton by Cecile Beaton

Buster Keaton by Cecil Beaton
bromide fibre print, 1931
9 5/8 in. x 7 1/2 in. (245 mm x 189 mm)
Given by executors of the Estate of Eileen Hose, 1991
NPG x40625

I am not the author of this image. © Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby’s London.
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NPG x40625; Buster Keaton by Cecil Beaton

Elia Kazan in an NYC bookstore

Elia Kazan, no introduction needed, shot by legendary photographer and music entrepreneur Jim Marshall (1923-2012)
Jim took this photo of Elia Kazan in 1963 on assignment for Cavalier Magazine, in a Greenwich Village coffee shop in NYC.
I am not the author of this image. All rights go to Jim Marshall.
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“Peter Greenaway” portrait by Steve Pyke

Love him or hate him, check out this portrait of director Peter Greenaway by British photographer Steve Pyke.
In June 2011 – Peter Greenaway, British artist and film director, was the special guest at this year’s ICOM Annual Meetings, held from 6 to 8 June 2011 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. In his presentation entitled The New Visual Literacy, he discussed the global museum’s obligation in this new digital age to promote the visual.
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All rights go to Steve Pyke. I am not the author of this image.

Peter Greenaway
by Steve Pyke
bromide print, 1983
14 3/4 in. x 14 5/8 in. (374 mm x 370 mm)
Given by Steve Pyke, 1988

A portrait of Wong Kar Wai

Wong Kar Wai by french photographer Denis Rouvre. Undated.
All rights go to Denis Rouvre.
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We love this George Romero portrait!

“George Romero”, the zombie master by Aubrey Edwards. Magnolia Pictures / NYC.
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Superb portrait of Paul Newman by Dennis Hopper

Dennis Hopper was known to most for his contributions to film — as an actor or director in films like Rebel Without A Cause, Easy Rider, Apocalypse Now and Hoosiers. But he was also a successful painter, a sculptor and, through it all, a photographer.

“Paul Newman” photographed by Dennis Hopper in 1967. Courtesy of Taschen/Tony Shafrazi Gallery
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