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Hollywood Icons and Screen Idols

Collectively Magnum’s archive of film imagery, the product of working on film sets capturing behind- the-scenes moments and photographing film directors, actors and actresses on and off camera, includes a large part of the history of cinema. The pictures included in this collection date primarily from the 50s and 60s, with the inclusion of a small selection from the 21st Century, and are a mix of vintage and contemporary prints.

Included here are images famous beyond the reputation of the individual photographer or the Magnum agency, pictures such as those by Dennis Stock of James Dean in a rain swept Times Square (1954) or those produced by Eve Arnold during ten years working with Marilyn Monroe from 1950 to her last film, The Misfits (1961). The 1950s, a period when the cult of the cinema idol grew, coincided with Magnum’s own “Golden Age”–a time before television was widely available and the picture magazines reigned supreme as the main disseminators of news and publicity. Individual Magnum photographers forged friendships with movie stars and directors, getting the kind of unchecked access no longer conceivable to today’s celebrities.

Magnum’s photographers have been commissioned for off duty stories, formal press shots and work on film sets. The strength of many of these portraits is that they are both candid and respectful.

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