‘Sid Avery: The Art of the Hollywood Snapshot’ Book Review

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July 7, 2013

Candid, off-screen moments from Tinsel Town’s golden age

‘Sid Avery: The Art of the Hollywood Snapshot’Frank Sinatra
“The Chairman” in the recording studio. Photo by Sid Avery from ‘Sid Avery: The Art of The Hollywood Snapshot’“Oceans 11” 
The cast of the 1960 heist movie between takes on the set. Photo by Sid Avery from ‘Sid Avery: The Art of The Hollywood Snapshot’Steve McQueen
“Bullitt” actor driving fast in Hollywood. Photo by Sid Avery from ‘Sid Avery: The Art of The Hollywood Snapshot’
Frank Sinatra at a Capitol Records recording session in Los Angeles circa 1957 © 1978 Sid Avery
"Ocean's Eleven" Cast (left to right): Richard Conte, Buddy Lester, Joey Bishop, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, Akim Tamiroff, Richard Benedict, Henry Silva, Norman Fell, Clem Harvey 1960 © 1978 Sid Avery
Steve McQueen driving his 1957 XK-SS Jaguar through Nichols Canyon in Hollywood 1960 © 1978 Sid Avery
Frank Sinatra “The Chairman” in the recording studio. Photo by Sid Avery from ‘Sid Avery: The Art of The Hollywood Snapshot’
“Oceans 11” The cast of the 1960 heist movie between takes on the set. Photo by Sid Avery from ‘Sid Avery: The Art of The Hollywood Snapshot’
Steve McQueen “Bullitt” actor driving fast in Hollywood. Photo by Sid Avery from ‘Sid Avery: The Art of The Hollywood Snapshot’
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Sid Avery: The Art of the Hollywood Snapshot
By Ron Avery & Tony Nourmand
Hardcover, 288 pages (Reel Art Press, $75)
 
A pioneering photographer who captured the candid, off-screen moments of some of Hollywood’s biggest stars for movie magazines and other publications from the ’40s into the ’60s, Sid Avery went on to found an agency, the mptv, that preserves and protects the work of celebrity photographers to this day. This coffee-table collection, with page after page of Avery’s shots of iconic actors and actresses in casual settings—Rock Hudson washing his car; Yul Brenner examining his stamp collection; Paul Newman making breakfast for wife Joanne Woodward; Humphrey Bogart on his sailboat; Kim Novak relaxing with a cup of coffee—is a treasure trove of nostalgia for fans of Tinsel Town’s golden age.

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