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Henri Dauman

Photographer

Release Date

1933 04 07

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Life Photographer Henri Dauman’s Intimate Shots of Brigitte Bardot, Elvis Presley, and More

BY ELISE TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 5, 2014
Life Photographer Henri Dauman’s Intimate Shots of Brigitte Bardot, Elvis Presley, and More

Portraits of celebrities today are highly orchestrated affairs, a masterminded product of public-relations teams, stylists, and photo editors hired to make a star appear just so. Yet, for Life and The New York Times photographer Henri Dauman, the celebrity portrait was once a chance to unearth the eccentricity and originality behind a star’s public façade. Armed with a Leica, a 35-mm Nikon, and his undisputable French charm, Dauman captured stars of the 50s and 60s by building an intimate rapport with his subjects. “The picture,” said Dauman, “is as good as [your ability to] bring your subject to discuss themselves openly with you.”

The results? Stunning photographs, cinematically posed or á la sauvette, of some of the most elusive stars of the era—Lauren Bacall, Elvis Presley, Brigitte Bardot, and even a young Morgan Freeman. All are part of “The Manhattan Darkroom,” a new exhibit honoring Dauman’s work at the Palais d’Iéna, in Paris, on view until December 4. Take a look here, or better yet, hop on the next flight to the City of Light.

source: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2014/11/henri-dauman-life-magazine-photographs

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