Classic Celebrity Portraits

I’ve been trawling the archives for more Classic Celebrity Portraits, and dug out a few gems of the olden days, when celebrities had dignity and film was film. These were all shot on my trusty Hasselblad, and I still love the square format of these now vintage cameras. I usually shot at f4, which was wide open on a 150mm Zeiss Sonnar T* lens. Slow to set up and use, and almost always on a tripod, Hasselblads were bulky and clunky, prone to breaking, and yet produced stunning quality negatives. There was a considered approach to these portraits by necessity, which created time to engage with the subject and hone the image.

Having said that, there was always a deadline, and these superstars didn’t want to hang about for long. Some shot in my studio, others on location complete with backdrop. Ozzy Osbourne was memorably shot in his playroom, in which he had a large collection of guns. Charlton Heston was captured in the lobby of a hotel where he was attending a conference on, you guessed it, gun control.

Apologies for the rather large logo, but these images have a habit of wandering the internet…

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