Steve McQueen Hardcover – Sep 2000
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A photographic art book capturing McQueens 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 photographers 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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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.
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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