A Robert Redford portrait, back in 1965…

Photographer Jay Thompson took this lovely photo of Robert Redford in 1965.
The image resurfaced in Esquire magazine, in an article called “Robert Redford: What I’ve Learned” (December 2010).

Redford went on to direct the amazing “Ordinary People” (1980) that won the Academy Award for Best Picture, among others. Check out the film here!

I am not the author of this image. All rights go to Esquire magazine.


Awesome portrait of David Cronenberg

A lot of discussions have risen recently surrounding David Cronenberg‘s latest film “Cosmopolis” (2012) and although some reviews were negative, I’d like to take this opportunity to present to you my favorite portrait of the director, by Nicolas Guerin.
Cronenberg is still, after all, the mastermind behind our favorite cult films, such as Scanners (1981) andVideodrome (1983) among others.
Guerin is “a guy living near Paris who loves cinema and enjoys taking pictures. He owns a studio in Montreuil.” (http://www.nicolasguerin.com/bio).
I am not the author of this image. All rights go to the artist.

A rare shot of Orson Welles, in Paris, back in 1952.

Dutch photographer Fred Brommet (1924-2008) visited the chic capital of France, which attracted many bohemian artist, writers, dancers, musicians and photographers including film director Orson Welles. Brommet took this lovely portrait of him in 1952.

For a bigger doze of Welles, check him out on the cover of Vogue here & with Anthony Perkins on the set of The Trial here.

Orson Welles, Paris (1952), Collection of The Maria Austria Institute, Amsterdam.
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James Fox: 3 portraits. 2 photographers.

James Fox (1939- ) is born in England.You probably know him from Joseph Losey’s “The Servant” (1963) in which he played Tony, the aristocrat who hired Dirk Bogarde. He was also Chas in “Performance” (1970) with Mick Jagger.

But did you know Fox left the acting profession for nine years (1970-1979) after he filmed Performance (1970)? A combination of his father’s recent death, the strain of filming and smoking the hallucinogen DMT with Mick Jagger led to a nervous breakdown. Fox subsequently joined a religious organisation known as “The Navigators” which is similar to the Gideons and is closely associated with the ministry of Billy Graham. Let’s check out these  3 portraits of him.What a face!

For some (rare) photos from The Servant, click here.

James Fox by Sandra Lousada
modern bromide print from an original negative, 1961.
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James Fox, by John Stoddart

James Fox, by John Stoddart

Copyright notice: All rights are reserved, all images are copyright John Stoddart © 2012.

Sergei Eisenstein holding up something special…

This is a portrait of director Sergei M. Eisenstein (1898 – 1948 ) by Agustin Jimenez (1901-1974).

The director is holding up a sugar skull. It was taken while Eisenstein was filming his unfinished masterpiece Que Viva México, which would have outlined Mexican culture and politics from pre-conquest civilisation to the Mexican revolution. 

NB- For a portrait of a young Andrei Tarkovsky, click here.

Finally a great portrait of The Archers, Powell & Pressburger !!

They look like your grandparents, or maybe their friends, but they’re not.

Check out Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger in this Cornel Lucas portrait, a British film photographer, born in 1920. It is not dated, but this particular print is from 1985. I had rarely seen a photo of them together that I found brilliant, until I came across this one: 

Their partnership “The Archers” dates back from 1943 and it ended in 1957. Their most brilliant cooperations are The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), A Matter of Life and Death (1946), Black Narcissus (1947) and The Red Shoes (1948). I particularly like The Tales of Hoffmann (1951).

I am not the author of this image, all rights go to Cornel Lucas

NB – For another cool post, check out Michael Powell as he does what parents should never do with their kids here.

Carole Lombard’ sensual E.R Richee portraits…

Eugene Robert Richee (1895-1972), Born in Denver, Colorado is a photographer who worked for Paramount between 1925 and 1935. Between 1936 and 1944, he took jobs occasionally for Louis B. Mayer and MGM. As his talent became more and more prevalent, he was put in charge of the main portrait gallery at Paramount.  From 1925 to 1935 took many photographs of Louise Brooks, Marlene Dietrich, Veronika Lake and of course Carole Lombard (1908-1942).

Richee passed away on April 21, 1972 in Orange County, California. He was survived by his wife, Levaughn Larson.

But it’s pretty safe to say that he was one of the major contributors to the look, appeal and style of many of the aforementioned divas. A lot of his works are seen and recognized online as iconic photos of film stars, only rarely identified as his own. I chose some of his underrated images , mainly of Carole Lombard…

I first saw Lombard in one of her most famous comic roles “My Man Godfrey” (1936, by Gregory LaCava). I then checked her out in Hitchcock’s ‘Mr. & Mrs Smith” (1941, one of the Hitch’s lesser known works, but still hilarious – no relation to the contemporary adaptation) & then in her last work “To Be Or Not To Be” (1942, by Ernst Lubitsch).
I thought she had a lot of spunk, great comic timing and a lot of talent which was cut short by her premature death. She was returning from a War bond drive in her home state of Indiana, when her plane crashed outside of Las Vegas in 1942, killing her and her mother and 20 other passengers !

I am not the author of these images. All rights go to Paramount pictures.