Celebrity

Celebrity

by Terry O'Neill
     
 

Celebrity' is often compared to fame but its linguistic roots also leave room for celebration and honour. In that sense celebrity is closer to star quality than to mere renown, the state of being famous. In this sumptuously illustrated book we find Tom Cruise, Brigitte Bardot, Elton John, Mick Jagger, Joan Collins, Michael Caine, Paul Newman, Clint Eastwood, Sean

Overview

Celebrity' is often compared to fame but its linguistic roots also leave room for celebration and honour. In that sense celebrity is closer to star quality than to mere renown, the state of being famous. In this sumptuously illustrated book we find Tom Cruise, Brigitte Bardot, Elton John, Mick Jagger, Joan Collins, Michael Caine, Paul Newman, Clint Eastwood, Sean Connery and people who have superseded the fads of reputation and proved their celebrity longevity. The range of Terry O'Neill's celebrity portraits is incredible. From Audrey Hepburn to Naomi Campbell, from Frank Sinatra to Kate Moss - this is a true celebration of true celebrity.

AA Gill's characteristically witty and insightful introduction to the book analyses what it is that allows these people to transcend their contemparies in the pantheon of the renowned; what makes some them true celebrities, whilst others are merely and briefly famous.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Images that both ravish and surprise... as much a chronicle of the times as it is a collection of eye-catching images.—FILM REVIEW

loaded with glorious colour and black and white shots of top actors, actresses, models and musicians... O'Neill captures the essence of true star quality in a stylish and often witty way.—OK! MAGAZINE

These are marvellously moody and variously iconic photographic portraits... definitely a collector's item.—PUBLISHING NEWS

Library Journal
Although none of the pictures in these two sumptuous photography books is more than 60 years old, they seem to capture a bygone era that may make readers nostalgic for a world they never inhabited themselves. Aarons was a combat photographer during World War II, but his subsequent freelance work for magazines such as Holiday and Town & Country allowed him to shoot "attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places," as he often put it. The photographs in this volume, Aarons's first since A Wonderful Time (o.p.) more than 30 years ago, will make readers feel that they have gone on a holiday themselves. Aarons's famous subjects include David and Nelson Rockefeller, Lilly Pulitzer, Man Ray, and Joan Collins, and everyone and everything looks so pristine that the images resemble those travel posters that dominated advertising in the 1920s and 1930s. O'Neill's world, although just as glamorous as Aarons's, seems a bit more accessible and humorous. The focus of O'Neill's book is "celebrity," and celebrity is indeed what we see here, in all of its varying shades-from a young Mick Jagger to a stately Margaret Thatcher. In Aarons's sense of the word, O'Neill is himself an "attractive person"; he has known many of his subjects personally through the years, and some of them appear in both books. People and places may not look as immaculate here, but it certainly looks like a great deal of fun. Suitable for all larger public and academic libraries with large photography collections (and/or budgets).-Sheila Devaney, Univ. of Georgia Libs., Athens Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316724456
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date:
11/28/2011
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
9.37(w) x 12.37(h) x 0.87(d)

Meet the Author

Terry O'Neill is one of Britain's most distinguished photographers of celebrity subjects.
AA Gill is the acerbic TV and travel critic of the Sunday Times.

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