Photographic Memory

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powerHouse Books, Dec 1, 2000 - Photography - 160 pages
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"Photographic Memory," Claxon's first-ever monograph of these images, features more than 100 such wonderful and revealing portraits, only a handful of which have ever been seen before. Anecdotal stories by Claxton accompanying the images reveal the intimate and first-name basis with which he photographed the well-known icons of celebrity, wit, and style from the past five decades, many of them his dear personal friends. Here for the first time Claxton describes a backstage photo session with Marlene Dietrich; antique shopping with Gloria Swanson; unwittingly provoking Shirley MacLaine into a bawdy comment on a tense, crowded film set during a love scene; and many other unforgettable moments. A stunningly intimate document of our most-loved film and entertainment icons, Claxton's "Photographic Memory" is sure to become an instant pop-culture heirloom.

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Best known for his iconic photographs of jazz greats such as Chet Baker and Miles Davis, Claxton has compiled this photographic album of celebrity images dating primarily from the Fifties and ... Read full review

About the author (2000)

Acclaimed editorial and fashion photographer William Claxton is perhaps best known for his cool photographs of the LA and New York jazz scene beginning in the late 1940s. His publications include Jazz (1996), Claxography: The Art of Jazz Photography (1996), Young Chet (1999), and The Rudi Gernreich Book (1999).

Graydon Carter is the editor of Vanity Fair.

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