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Anita Ekberg (Holding Back the Light), 1955, Signed, stamped verso

Anita Ekberg (Holding Back the Light), 1955

Signed, stamped verso

 

Available Sizes:

11 x 14 inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph

16 x 20 inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph

30 x 40 inches, Archival Pigment Print

40 x 60 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Ed. of 10

Anita Ekberg, First Publicity Shoot, 1953, Silver Gelatin Photograph

Anita Ekberg, First Publicity Shoot, 1953

Silver Gelatin Photograph

Signed, stamped verso

14 x 11 inches

Audrey Hepburn, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and Don Hartman, Los Angeles, 1950's, Silver Gelatin Photograph

Audrey Hepburn, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and Don Hartman, Los Angeles, 1950's

Silver Gelatin Photograph

Signed, stamped verso

16 x 20 inches

Billie Holiday, 1947, Silver Gelatin Photograph

Billie Holiday, 1947

Silver Gelatin Photograph

Signed, stamped, titled, dated verso

20 x 16 inches

Cary Grant, n.d., Silver Gelatin Photograph

Cary Grant, n.d.

Silver Gelatin Photograph

Signed, stamped verso

20 x 16 inches

Elizabeth Taylor Visiting the Set of A Star is Born, 1954, Silver Gelatin Photograph

Elizabeth Taylor Visiting the Set of A Star is Born, 1954

Silver Gelatin Photograph

Signed, stamped, titled, dated verso

11 x 14 inches

Frank Sinatra (at Lunch), in His Dressing Room, During the Filming of Guys and Dolls, 1955, Silver Gelatin Photograph

Frank Sinatra (at Lunch), in His Dressing Room, During the Filming of Guys and Dolls, 1955

Silver Gelatin Photograph

Signed, titled, dated, stamped verso

16 x 20 inches

Frank Sinatra and John F. Kennedy, Kennedy Inaugural, Washington, D.C. 1961, Signed, stamped verso

Frank Sinatra and John F. Kennedy, Kennedy Inaugural, Washington, D.C. 1961

Signed, stamped verso

 

Available Sizes:

11 x 14 inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph

16 x 20 inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph

20 x 24 inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph

40 x 60 inches, Archival Pigment Print

James Dean (Feet Up), 1955, Signed, stamped, titled, dated verso

James Dean (Feet Up), 1955

Signed, stamped, titled, dated verso

 

Available Sizes:

16 x 20 inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph

30 x 40 inches, Archival Pigment Print

40 x 60 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Ed. of 10

James Dean (Pull Over Sweater), 1955, Signed, stamped, titled, dated verso

James Dean (Pull Over Sweater), 1955

Signed, stamped, titled, dated verso

 

Available Sizes:

11 x 14 inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph

16 x 20 inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph

30 x 40 inches, Archival Pigment Print

40 x 60 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Ed. of 10

James Dean and Dennis Stock, 1955, Silver Gelatin Photograph

James Dean and Dennis Stock, 1955

Silver Gelatin Photograph

Signed, stamped verso

16 x 20 inches

James Dean, On Motorcycle, (Sitting on Front), Los Angeles, 1955, Silver Gelatin Photograph

James Dean, On Motorcycle, (Sitting on Front), Los Angeles, 1955

Silver Gelatin Photograph

Signed, stamped, titled, dated verso

 

Available Sizes:

14 x 11 inches

20 x 16 inches

John Cassevettes, Judy Garland, and Burt Lancaster, n.d., Silver Gelatin Photograph

John Cassevettes, Judy Garland, and Burt Lancaster, n.d.

Silver Gelatin Photograph

Signed, stamped, titled, verso

11 x 14 inches

John Wayne (In Shorts Smoking), Acapulco, 1959, Silver Gelatin Photograph

John Wayne (In Shorts Smoking), Acapulco, 1959

Silver Gelatin Photograph

Signed, stamped, titled, dated verso

 

Available Sizes:

14 x 11 inches

20 x 16 inches

24 x 20 inches

Kirk Douglas, 1960's, Silver Gelatin Photograph

Kirk Douglas, 1960's

Silver Gelatin Photograph

Signed, stamped, titled, dated verso

11 x 14 inches

Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart and Rocky Cooper, c. 1950's, Silver Gelatin Photograph

Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart and Rocky Cooper, c. 1950's

Silver Gelatin Photograph

Signed, titled, dated recto; Signed, stamped titled, dated verso

11 x 14 inches

Marilyn Monroe and Jack Benny, Children's Benefit, Shrine Auditorium, 1953, Signed, stamped verso

Marilyn Monroe and Jack Benny, Children's Benefit, Shrine Auditorium, 1953

Signed, stamped verso

 

Available Sizes:

11 x 14 inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph

16 x 20 inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph

40 x 60 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Ed. of 10

Marlon Brando at the 1954 Academy Awards Ceremony, 1955, Signed, stamped verso

Marlon Brando at the 1954 Academy Awards Ceremony, 1955

Signed, stamped verso

 

Available Sizes:

16 x 20 inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph

30 x 40 inches, Archival Pigment Print

Marlon Brando (Holding Sunglasses), 1954, Signed, stamped, titled, dated verso

Marlon Brando (Holding Sunglasses), 1954

Signed, stamped, titled, dated verso

 

Available Sizes:

11 x 14 inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph

16 x 20 inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph

20 x 24 inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph

Rita Moreno During a Rehearsal for West Side Story, 1961, Signed and stamped verso

Rita Moreno During a Rehearsal for West Side Story, 1961

Signed and stamped verso

 

Available Sizes:

16 x 20 inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph

30 x 40 inches, Archival Pigment Print

40 x 60 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Ed. of 10

Robert Aldrich, Casting Pin Up Girl for Attack, 1947, Signed, stamped, titled, dated verso

Robert Aldrich, Casting Pin Up Girl for Attack, 1947

Signed, stamped, titled, dated verso

 

Available Sizes:

16 x 20 inches, Vintage Silver Gelatin Photograph

30 x 40 inches, Archival Pigment Print

Sammy Davis Jr. Dancing on a Hollywood Rooftop (Frontkick), 1947, Signed, stamped, titled, dated verso

Sammy Davis Jr. Dancing on a Hollywood Rooftop (Frontkick), 1947

Signed, stamped, titled, dated verso

 

Available Sizes:

14 x 11 inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph

20 x 16 inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph

Sammy Davis Jr. Dancing on a Hollywood Rooftop (Heels Together), 1947, Signed, stamped, titled, dated verso

Sammy Davis Jr. Dancing on a Hollywood Rooftop (Heels Together), 1947

Signed, stamped, titled, dated verso

 

Also Available:

14 x 11 inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph

20 x 16 inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph

35 x 34 inches, Archival Pigment Print

Sammy Davis Jr. Dancing on a Hollywood Rooftop (Jumping, Feet Together) 1947, Signed, stamped, titled, dated verso

Sammy Davis Jr. Dancing on a Hollywood Rooftop (Jumping, Feet Together) 1947

Signed, stamped, titled, dated verso

 

Also Available:

14 x 11 inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph

20 x 16 inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph

40 x 30 inches, Archival Pigment Print

Sammy Davis Jr. Dancing on a Hollywood Rooftop (Sidekick), 1947, Signed, stamped, titled, dated verso

Sammy Davis Jr. Dancing on a Hollywood Rooftop (Sidekick), 1947

Signed, stamped, titled, dated verso

 

Also Available:

14 x 11 inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph

16 x 20 inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph

30 x 30 inches, Archival Pigment Print

Sidney Poitier, Susan Strasberg, Stanley Kramer, and George Stevens, c. 1960s, Silver Gelatin Photograph

Sidney Poitier, Susan Strasberg, Stanley Kramer, and George Stevens, c. 1960s

Silver Gelatin Photograph

Signed, stamped, tited, and dated verso

16 x 20 inches

Sidney Poitier, Tony Curtis, Sammy Davis Jr., and Jack Lemmon Walking on Studio Lot, n.d., Silver Gelatin Photograph

Sidney Poitier, Tony Curtis, Sammy Davis Jr., and Jack Lemmon Walking on Studio Lot, n.d.

Silver Gelatin Photograph

Signed, stamped verso

11 x 14 inches

Stanley Cortes and Orson Welles, "Magnificent Ambersons", 1942, Silver Gelatin Photograph

Stanley Cortes and Orson Welles, "Magnificent Ambersons", 1942

Silver Gelatin Photograph

Signed, stamped, titled, dated verso

11 x 14 inches

Steven Spielberg Behind Camera on the Set of "1941", 1979, Silver Gelatin Photograph

Steven Spielberg Behind Camera on the Set of "1941", 1979

Silver Gelatin Photograph

Signed, stamped verso

16 x 20 inches

 

The Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Joey Bishop, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Peter Lawford) with Drum, It's Only Three Miles From Dino's, 1962, Silver Gelatin Photograph

The Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Joey Bishop, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Peter Lawford) with Drum, It's Only Three Miles From Dino's, 1962

Silver Gelatin Photograph

Signed, stamped verso

16 x 20 inches

Underwater Publicity Shoot, ca. 1944, Silver Gelatin Photograph

Underwater Publicity Shoot, ca. 1944

Silver Gelatin Photograph

Signed, stamped verso

11 x 14 inches

William Wyler, "The Big Country", 1958, Silver Gelatin Photograph

William Wyler, "The Big Country", 1958

Silver Gelatin Photograph

Signed, stamped verso

11 x 14 inches

Press Release

Phil Stern & Bob Willoughby: Picture’s Up

November 4, 2021 through January 8, 2022

Exhibition Reception: Thursday, November 4th  

 

The Fahey/Klein gallery is pleased to present “Phil Stern & Bob Willoughby: Picture’s Up”, an exhibition of photographs by two legendary photojournalists and Hollywood photographers. As chroniclers of Hollywood and the Jazz scene, both Stern and Willoughby produced iconic images during their long and illustrious careers. Their photographs convey an extraordinary access, and mutual trust, between photographer and subjects. Phil Stern and Bob Willoughby – in their unique and individual ways - pioneered a behind-the-scenes approach to documenting Hollywood that contributed to an entire era’s visual vocabulary of “cool” that feels undeniably authentic today.

 

PHIL STERN:

Phil Stern’s career in photography began early on, as a high school student growing up in New York, Stern swept floors in a Canal Street photo studio while working nights taking pictures for the notoriously noir Police Gazette. Phil Stern enlisted in the Army in 1942 and joined the ranks of the elite “Darby’s Rangers” as a combat photographer. Stern was well known among his war colleagues for putting himself front and center as he documented battles in North Africa and Sicily. The credit stamp “Photo by PHIL STERN”, which ran alongside his images in the armed forces newspaper Stars and Stripes, became synonymous with a truly genuine image taken under fire by a daring young photographer.  Wounded in action, at the Battle of El Guettar, in Tunisia, Phil Stern was awarded a Purple Heart. After returning home to Los Angeles, he was assigned to cover the homecoming of Darby’s Rangers for LIFE magazine, which helped usher in his second career, as a Hollywood documentary photographer. Phil Stern began working for Look, LIFE, and Collier’s to chronicle what would become a shared American history.

Phil Stern’s straight forward approach and charming demeanor earned him all-access to President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural gala, studio mogul Sam Goldwyn’s inner sanctum, on-set lunches with Frank Sinatra, and holidays in Acapulco with John Wayne and Gary Cooper. Phil Stern photographed on over a hundred movie sets, including the legendary films “Citizen Kane”, “A Star is Born”, “The Wild Ones”, “Guys and Dolls”, and “West Side Story”. Stern also became a fixture at studio sessions with Jazz superstars such as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Art Tatum, and Dizzy Gillespie and shot more than sixty album covers.

In 2001, Phil Stern donated his catalogue of Hollywood images to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. His photographs have been collected and exhibited internationally.

 

BOB WILLOUGHBY:

Bob Willoughby began his career as an assistant to photographers Wallace Seawell and Paul Hesse. He was the first photographer retained by a Hollywood studio to take on-set promotional stills for sale to magazines. With the rise of LIFE and Look magazines, a demand was created for compelling photo stills from movie sets. Over a career that spanned three decades, Willoughby had more than 125 motion picture assignments, including A Star Is Born, The Man with the Golden Arm, Raintree County, My Fair Lady, The Graduate, The Lion in Winter and Rosemary’s Baby.

In addition to his work on Hollywood film sets, Willoughby was responsible for a number of technical innovations, including the silent blimp for 35mm still cameras - which became common on film sets. He was the only photographer working on films at the time to use radio-controlled cameras, allowing him unprecedented coverage in otherwise impossible situations, and he had special brackets built to hold his still cameras on or over the Panavision cameras.

His body of work, documenting this historic era of filmmaking, is unsurpassed. He captured with wonderful perception the most famous actors and directors of the time on and off the set, in unguarded moments of repose, vulnerability and high drama. He had a unique ability to capture what was essential to each film.

“Sometimes a filmmaker gets a look at a photograph taken on his own set and sees the ‘soul’ of his film in one still photograph. It’s rare, but it happens. It happened to me in 1969, the first time I looked at the work of Bob Willoughby during the filming of They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?”

­— Sydney Pollack from the introduction to Bob’s autobiography

In 1998, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood honored Willoughby with a major retrospective exhibition of his work. He was awarded the Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Still Photography in New York in 2004. His photographs are in the permanent collections of The National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; The National Portrait Gallery, London; The National Museum of Photography, Bradford, UK; Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris; The Museum of Modern Art, Film Department, New York; The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Beverly Hills; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Tate Gallery Collection, London; Théâtre de la Photographie et de l’Image, Nice; and Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium.

 

Press Photographs Available on Request