Photography: Unseen celebrities

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan, 2008

I’m not normally into celebrity and don’t pay more than passing attention to what’s going on in that world. But when I saw these rare photos (up for auction by WestLicht), I had to explore.

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley, Germany 1958

These are exceptional photographs, many held until now in private collections, seen by only the photographer and a handful of others. (Click on any image to go to the catalog description of the photograph and artist)

Yves Saint Laurent chez Christian Dior, Paris 1957

Designer Yves Saint Laurent chez Christian Dior, Paris 1957

Celebrity aside, it’s the photographer’s craft that makes these images so captivating, and so intimate. There are some big names in this auction – Richard Avedon, Henri Cartier-Bresson and others.

Martha Graham, 1924

Modern dance legend Martha Graham, 1924

Henri Matisse Venice, 1944

Artist Henri Matisse Venice, 1944

Marilyn Monroe, 1949

Marilyn Monroe, 1949

Brigitte Bardot c. 1967

Actress Brigitte Bardot c. 1967

Jerry Hall, 1972

Jerry Hall, 1972, Mick Jagger’s ex

Bob Dylan, 1965

Bob Dylan, 1965

John Lennon and Yoko Ono, 1979

John Lennon and Yoko Ono, 1979

See the WestLicht auction catalog, here.






3 replies »

  1. A brilliant collection. Just one word: the john Lennon/Yoko ono photograph is more likely 1969. During their famous trip to Amsterdam. By 1979, Yoko had cut her hair shorter. And the 80’s unfortunately were just around the corner at the Dakota.


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