Friday, September 30, 2011

Steve McQueen by John Dominis

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Steve McQueen swinging from rope at gym, 1963 © John Dominis


Via La Lettre de la Photographie
September 30, 2011

It was 1963 when Life Magazine sent its photographer, John Dominis, to cover Steve McQueen in his Palm Springs home. Since the end of the 1950’s, he had become one of America’s most popular actors, and at 33, was about to celebrate his greates success with the release of The Great Escape.

During their three weeks together, John Dominis took some of the star’s most beautiful pictures. We discover the “King of Cool”, his family life, his villa, and his love of speed, beautiful cars and motorcycle races.

He shared this passion with Dominis, creating a friendly bond between the two men. Never actually posing for the camera, Steve McQueen is graceful and incomparably photogenic. Nude by the pool, in a tuxedo or returning from a dirty car race, he exudes a rare elegance.


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Actor Steve McQueen walking naked outdoors in his backyard, Hollywood, 1963 © John Dominis

Steve McQueen, the King of Cool
Until december 11, 2011
La Galerie de l’Instant
46, rue de Poitou
75003 Paris
Tél. 01.44.54.94.09

Links

http://www.lagaleriedelinstant.com

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Actor Steve McQueen and wife taking sulphur bath at home © John Dominis