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Shooting Stars
     

Shooting Stars

by Rick Spears
 

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Gretchen Garner
Spears is a lifelong movie fan who since childhood has saved glamour shots of his favorite stars. Here he offers a grown-up version of his old scrapbooks: 139 mostly contemporary stars as seen by 63 mostly contemporary photographers. The well-printed, full-page pictures range in style from ultraglamour to gritty verism as the stars are caught in the studio, at home, or in the street. A few classic star portraits appear because of their distinction--e.g., Clark Gable shot by Clarence Sinclair Bull, Greta Garbo by Edward Steichen, Errol Flynn by George Hurrell, Katharine Hepburn by Ernest Bachrach. The old photos provide a standard by which to assess the new ones. If the latter don't always measure up, that is partly because work by the greatest contemporary celebrity photographers--Annie Leibovitz, Herb Ritts, Bruce Weber, Matthew Rolston, Richard Avedon, and Irving Penn--does not appear. Is Spears' personal taste or the photographers' unwillingness to contribute to blame? Spears never says. So this is a less-than-definitive display of movie glamour, although still a collection of interesting, sometimes wonderful images with which many fans and photography buffs will be pleased enough.

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ISBN-13:
9781556702402
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
02/29/2000
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
10.41(w) x 12.32(h) x 1.68(d)

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