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Leo Fuchs: Special Photographer from the Golden Age of Hollywood Hardcover – November 16, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books; First Edition edition (November 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157687558X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576875582
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 10.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's full of gorgeous, iconic images of gorgeous, iconic people.”
Gawker


“If the cover shot of Paul Newman isn’t bait enough to buy, the ensuing collection of behind-the-scenes images of Tinseltown’s greatest generation (Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Marlon Brando) snapped by Hollywood veteran photog and producer Leo Fuchs should reel you in.”
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“This beautifully produced coffee-table volume shares…vivid, candid portraits by Leo Fuchs, a ‘special photographer’ (and later a producer) who gained the trust of, and won extraordinary access to, some of Hollywood's biggest stars of the 1950s and early '60s.”
Seattle Times

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If there is one time period that has infinite popularity, it is Old Hollywood.
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One of those coffee table books that I find myself continuously flipping through and going back to different parts to look at and reread.
maya
I thought so much of this book, especially as a Christmas gift, that I purchased and gave away three of them!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alex on November 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I had seen a few online slideshows promoting this book popping up over the last few weeks, but it wasn't until I finally picked up a copy that I realized how extensive it is! It has like 200 photos in it, and I've seen maybe one or two of them before (if that...) This is a must have for any cinema or Hollywood buff--it really is like seeing your favorite stars from a whole different angle.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Adam Kowalski on November 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am a great fan of movies in general, but I especially love the old Hollywood. This book gave me an amazing look behind the scenes of some of my favorite movies. People featured on the pages of this book were THE REAL movie stars- won't find them these days anymore. Photographs are beautiful, touching, and funny. Going through this book made me add a lot of old movies to my Netflix queue- great stuff!
Special Photographer was a fantastic birthday present. Thank you!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LB on November 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I just received my copy yesterday and the photographs in this beautifully made book are AMAZING. Old Hollywood stars like you've never seen them before. AMAZING shots of the glamorous Audrey Hepburn!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nick Hooker on November 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This lovingly created book tells the story of Leo Fuchs, a set photographer from the post war glory days when Hollywood left LA and went out around the world to make movies. Fuchs had that special combination of charm, discretion and a wonderful eye that put jittery movie stars at their ease. The book is full of beautiful photographs of the greatest movie stars of the day: Newman, Peck, Hepburn, Cary Grant, Lollobrigida, Connery, Brando, Jack Lemmon, Shirley Maclaine and Hitchcock, Preminger and Billy Wilder. The wonder of these photographs is that Fuchs manages to capture the star and the human being at the same time. Looking at the photos one feels simultaneously close to the subjects and in awe of them.

Fuchs's beginnings as a Betty Page-style glamour photographer, shooting risqué pinups, just makes him all the more appealing as a character. The first photographs in the book are of fifties pin-ups in New York City and they are a delight - sweet, humorous and clearly taken by an artist. All in all this book is a wonderful thing to have. Open it up at any page and you are transported to another era, before the internet, before vietnam, when Hollywood and America were at their peak.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reto on November 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The book contains many iconic photographs on movie sets but also and more interestingly many candid shots of some of the best known movie stars of that wonderful period. It leaves one wondering what other treasures may come out of Leo Fuch's archives!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By intl.intrigue on November 29, 2010
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If there is one time period that has infinite popularity, it is Old Hollywood. Therefore, I must say that Leo Fuchs could not have picked a more fitting subject. The glamour, the decadence, the high-class taste of these moments in history come out even more refined and impeccable through the lens of a camera. The high quality and unique touch that these photographs bring to fans of photography, Old Hollywood, and Leo Fuchs himself are things that will cause this book to have the same everlasting effect as its subject.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By maya on November 27, 2010
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Amazing photography. Fuchs manages to capture some of the best shots I have seen with an insight that is spot on. The writing is also inspiring. Really gets into what it was like to be a young photographer starting out in Hollywood. I ordered the book on a whim and when it arrived it arrived the quality of the book brought the images and words to life. It is larger than I expected and truly beautiful. I immediately went back and bought three more for Christmas presents. Absolutely stunning. A great present for anyone interested in Photography, Hollywood, classic films or iconic stars. The stories also go into some interesting anecdotes wich I won't give away. I love it. One of those coffee table books that I find myself continuously flipping through and going back to different parts to look at and reread.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peppie on November 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
What particularly fascinates me about the book is the odd time period these images cover - the tail end of the studio system meeting the paparazzi age. Gosh how the world has changed since then! These really are unbelievably unguarded images of our film icons: Rock Hudson, Audrey Hepburn, Paul Newman, Gregory Peck, Sean Connery, Shirley MacLaine, Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando & Cary Grant, to name a few. I loved the never-before-published photographs of To Kill a Mockingbird's Harper Lee as well as the rather kooky images of directors - Billy Wilder, Otto Preminger, Fred Zinnemann, and Alfred Hitchcock. All my friends are getting this for Christmas!
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