Thursday, February 12, 2015

Leo Fuchs (1929-2009) is a renowned Hollywood (1944-1965) photographer

Leo Fuchs (1929-2009) is a renowned Hollywood photographer who spent 20 years (1944 -1965) shooting some of the most moving and memorable images of ‘50s and ‘60s film icons.
Leo's introduction to movie making came during the previous decades as one of the world's leading "special photographers" on movie sets in Europe and North America. He was one of the rare “outsiders” invited freely onto movie sets and left to his own devises to seek out moments to capture on film during shooting and after hours while socializing with the actors and artists. As matter of courtesy, Fuchs would always show the actors his photographs first, resulting in respect and trust being built up between the photographer and his star subjects. Quite simply, the actors trusted him. The relationships Fuchs created with these icons can be seen clearly in the intimacy of his photographs.

Film icons Audrey Hepburn, Paul Newman, Gregory Peck, Sean Connery, Shirley MacLaine, Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando and Cary Grant, as well as such legendary directors as Billy Wilder, Otto Preminger and Fred Zinnemann were all captured by Fuchs’ camera. The resulting photographs, both very intimate and immediate in their appeal, were then syndicated to magazines the world over. His sensitive and dramatic photographic essays of filmmaking appeared in such venerable publications as Life, Look, Paris Match, Bunte.

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