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Steve McQueen [Hardcover]

William Claxton
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September 2000 1892041375 978-1892041371
Steve McQueen is a handsome photographic art book featuring William Claxton's unique photographs-images that captured the young, controversial American actor in the beginning of his movie career during the 1960s. Claxton's photographs confirm that McQueen's all-American, off-beat good looks were every bit as stunning as his acting and his often-stormy off-screen personality. McQueen continues to be an icon for the youth of yesterday and today. Often labeled as a maverick, a rebel, a tough guy, a loner, and a daredevil, McQueen was, above all else, an American original. Claxton, a sometime buddy of McQueen's, has captured on film not only McQueen's talent and perfectionism, but also his less well-known sensitivity and sense of humor. Along with these photographs, most of which have never been published before, are Claxton's memories and recollections, including anecdotes creating a very personal vision of McQueen. Steve McQueen features action shots of McQueen with his motorcycle buddies, in his fast cars, with his leading ladies and fellow actors, including scenes from several of his early and best films.

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A photographic art book capturing McQueen’s off-beat good looks, leading ladies and scenes from some of his best and earliest films. -- DKNY, Fall 2000

William Claxton wrote the manual for jazz portraiture, but two new portfolios reveal the photographer’s hidden side-William Claxton is starstruck. -- FLAUNT Magazine, October 2000

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Steve McQueen (1930-1980) was considered by fellow actors to be among the greatest screen stars of film history. His films include The Sand Pebbles (for which he received an Academy Award nomination), Nevada Smith, Bullitt, The Getaway, and Papillon.

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By Torger
Format:Hardcover
This book is jammed with high quality pictures of McQueen before he hit it big. He is a popular actor at this time in his life, not yet the full blown international star, and this book provides a window into his life. The best part of this book is that there's very little stereotypical posing (the cover is one of the posed shots) and it seems more of an old collection of pics that a friend pulled out a ratty shoebox--very intimate and loose. And it helps that the friend is talented. The weaker part of the book is the personal anecdotes--they're fine and insightful but brief. But you can buy a biography to fill in the blanks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing William Claxton book! Aug. 18 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book chronicles the life of Steve McQueen as seen with the vision of one of America's greatest photographers. Profiled recently in Vanity Fair magazine, this book will become an instant classic. These very personal pictures show a private side of McQueen that most people never knew - graciously shared from the archive of a photographer that has lived (and photographed) incredible moments of American culture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leaves you begging for more Oct. 20 2000
By SharonF
Format:Hardcover
What an incredible set of images from a short time span in Steve's career. The only thing is, you really want more, from other parts of his life. Everything that Steve McQueen meant to his fans and his genre of movies in the 20th century is captured here, and then some. Do not miss this book. Amazon, I would have paid ten times as much for it. I will treasure it the rest of my life. God Rest His Soul.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leaves you begging for more Oct. 20 2000
By SharonF
Format:Hardcover
A wonderful work of art that captures what made Steve so charismatic and appealing. It leaves you wishing you could see more from other periods in his life. This is a book I will treasure all my life. Thank you Amazon, I would have paid ten times as much for this book. God Rest His Soul.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fitting Photo Tribute March 29 2004
By H. F. Corbin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
According to his foreward to this book, the photographer William Claxton met Steve McQueen in 1962 when McQueen was starring with Natalie Woods in LOVE WITH THE PROPER STRANGER. The two men formed a friendship and apparently Mr. Claxton became Mr. McQueen's favorite and most requested photographer. This book of wonderful photographs, covering a couple of years in Mr. McQueen's life from 1962 to 1964, is a result of that brief friendship. Most of the pictures appear to be shot in available light and have a wonderful, informal spontaneity about them impossible to capture in formal portraiture. Both the photographer and subject are comnpletely without pretention.
Mr. Claxton caught Mr. McQueen smiling, clowning and pensive. There are photographs of McQueen in fast cars as well as on motorcycles. Many of the shots were done while Mr. McQueen was working on movies. There are also many pictures of him with family and friends. Most of the shots are in black and white with a few in color. Every time I look at them I find yet another photograph that I think is the best in the book. There is a haunting shot of McQueen with his young daughter where the child, sitting on the floor and resting on her arms, looks into Claxton's camera. We only see her father's legs and feet. (p. 79) Another great shot appears on page 73. McQueen is embracing the family cat. Finally, there's a shot of McQueen lying on a blanket in a large field. His profile is beautifully backlit. Both photographs selected for the front and back covers are fine, informal portraits as well.
This book made me remember how much I enjoyed Steve McQueen's movies and made me sad that he is no longer among us.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leaves you begging for more Oct. 20 2000
By SharonF - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A wonderful work of art that captures what made Steve so charismatic and appealing. It leaves you wishing you could see more from other periods in his life. This is a book I will treasure all my life. Thank you Amazon, I would have paid ten times as much for this book. God Rest His Soul.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the posed movie star photos we're used to seeing. Sept. 9 2000
By Torger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is jammed with high quality pictures of McQueen before he hit it big. He is a popular actor at this time in his life, not yet the full blown international star, and this book provides a window into his life. The best part of this book is that there's very little stereotypical posing (the cover is one of the posed shots) and it seems more of an old collection of pics that a friend pulled out a ratty shoebox--very intimate and loose. And it helps that the friend is talented. The weaker part of the book is the personal anecdotes--they're fine and insightful but brief. But you can buy a biography to fill in the blanks.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing William Claxton book! Aug. 18 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book chronicles the life of Steve McQueen as seen with the vision of one of America's greatest photographers. Profiled recently in Vanity Fair magazine, this book will become an instant classic. These very personal pictures show a private side of McQueen that most people never knew - graciously shared from the archive of a photographer that has lived (and photographed) incredible moments of American culture.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cool book about a Cool guy Sept. 1 2009
By Jason Kirkfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I didn't know much about this actor. He died when I was young and it wasn't until I was older that I discovered his work on my own. I didn't learn until later that he died of complications following experimental surgery in Mexico for mesothelioma (asbestos-caused cancer).

McQueen was cool, but he was also not one to make a big deal of himself. One of my favorite photos is of him in the back of a truck after a motorcycle race, filthy (yet happy) and enjoying a beer. But there are many, many sweet and sincere photos in this book. Yes, it is a finite and relatively short segment of his life that has been captured on film, but it is an important time.

Published by Taschen and printed in Italy. A high quality coffee table book for $14.99 (I paid $19.99!). In fact, its description as a paperback is almost misleading, since it's a "hard" (reinforced) paperback. Claxton, probably better known in jazz circles, passed away in October 2008.
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