Icons and Legends: The Photography of Michael Childers

Icons and Legends: The Photography of Michael Childers

by Michael Childers

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Icons and Legends: The Photography of Michael Childers by Michael Childers

This updated and expanded collection spans the career of renowned American photographer Michael Childers, including many photographs published for the first time. Working mostly with black-and-white film, Childers has captured the icons and legends of popular culture and the art world for decades. His stunning portraits include Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner, Clint Eastwood, Catherine Deneuve, Rock Hudson, and Carol Channing. Several portraits are of special importance because they were taken early in the actors' careers, before they became celebrities: Sissy Spacek, Demi Moore, Mel Gibson, John Travolta, Richard Gere, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Equally important are portraits of the great film-industry legends who helped establish and build the stars' careers, including film directors Billy Wilder and John Schlesinger and costume designer Edith Head. In addition to stars of the film world, Childers has produced portraits of contemporary artists, architects, writers and musicians, including a series of photographs of Andy Warhol in his New York studio and Paris apartment, and a series of David Hockney in his Hollywood and London studios.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615691473
Publisher: Michael Childers
Publication date: 09/04/2012
Edition description: Second Edition, Second edition
Pages: 116
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 11.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michael Childers was a founding photographer for Andy Warhol’s Interview and After Dark magazines and has photographed more than 200 magazine covers for publications including Elle, Esquire, GQ, Life, London Sunday Times Magazine, Los Angeles, New York, Paris Match, TV Guide, and Vogue. He created more than 150 album covers and film posters and worked as a special photographer on dozens of films, including Coal Miner’s Daughter, Grease, Marathon Man, The Terminator, and Ocean’s 12. His work appears in numerous venues worldwide, including the Andy Warhol Museum, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Lincoln Center Library for Performing Arts, the Las Vegas Art Museum, and the National Portrait Gallery. He lives in Rancho Mirage, California.

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“Michael Childers' passions for art, cinema and the good life are vividly reflected in his work. Thus his book, Icons and Legends, manages to transcend individual genres and disciplines and provide not only superb photography but also grand entertainment.”  —Peter Bart, editor, Variety

“These portraits speak volumes about their subjects, how they see themselves, and how they opened up to a talented and empathetic photographer. I also love the range of Childers’s work, from Mae West to Mickey Spillane!”  —Leonard Maltin

“Michael Childers captures something noble even when there's nothing noble there. He is visually who I aspire to be verbally. He finds the best in every person and makes it look always effortlessly there.”  —Carrie Fisher

“When it comes to beauty, style and elegance, [Michael Childers is] the best.”  —Barbara Sinatra

“Michael Childers has been the eye of Hollywood for many years.”  —Jackie Collins

“Hollywood’s ultimate insider—the man who knows too much and has the pics to prove it.”  —David Hockney, painter

“His subjects are icons and legends, but Michael Childers captures them beautifully in moments of both high glamour and repose. There is a joy and exuberance to all of Michael's photographs which embodies a kind of sophisticated optimism.”  —Christopher Rice, author, The Moonlit Earth

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