In early 2013, when I was in deep panic over finishing the first draft of my book on Meryl Streep, I was approached by the publisher Ilex about researching and writing the text for a book they were putting together by culling various archives for contact sheets shot on the sets of Hollywood films from the Golden Era up to basically the end of celluloid. I knew nothing about contact sheets, and really, very little about Hollywood still photography. So of course, I said yes, because it’s kind of my thing to learn everything I can about things I know nothing about.
The book contains photos of pretty much all of the major mid-century stars (Marilyn, Liz Taylor, Montgomery Clift, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Katherine Hepburn, Judy Garland, Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, James Dean); continues into the New Hollywood era to capture the sets of films like Bonnie and Clyde, Apocalypse Now, Raging Bull and Carrie; and concludes in the 1990s, with some of the last still photos taken on film sets actually shot on film, including images from the sets of Dazed and Confused, Silence of the Lambs, Glengarry Glen Ross and The Crow.
Vulture has a preview of the book, and you can buy it on Amazon starting today. Or better yet, order it from your local bookstore — here in LA, I know Skylight and Book Soup would be able to get it in stock in a couple of days.