Item description for Steve McQueen by William Claxton...
William Claxton captures many facets of McQueen's enigmatic tough guy/nice guy personality through his empathetic lens
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.92" Width: 7.95" Height: 0.71" Weight: 2.03 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2004
ISBN 3822831174 ISBN13 9783822831175
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More About William Claxton
The photographer: William Claxton holds a special place in the history of American-particularly jazz-photography. Since his early career-shooting for LIFE, Paris Match, and Vogue, among other magazines-Claxton has worked with and become friends with many Hollywood luminaries and jazz musicians, most notably Steve McQueen and Chet Baker (whom Claxton first photographed in 1952 when Baker was young and still unknown). Claxton, whose jazz imagery has graced the covers of countless albums and magazine covers for over five decades, is considered the preeminent photographer of jazz music. TASCHEN has also published Claxton's Jazz seen and Steve McQueen.
William Claxton currently resides in Beverly Hills, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Steve McQueen?
Cliche photos, some interesting details Jan 18, 2008
The book contains some details about mcQueen's life that only the writer knew , that give a hint about how mcQueen viewed life, danger, and speed. but the photos are mainly advertising ones and not real life. i would expect more on the life of mcqueen as a person and not only as an actor
I agree with the other review: "Leaves you begging for more". Apr 15, 2007
A great book, considering it is of a short period in Steve McQueen's life. This is him in his prime captured by a great photographer.
McQueen fan Mar 8, 2007
Very comprehensive. Show's a different side of the rough and tumble character known as Steve McQueen. Very entertaining.
A Fitting Photo Tribute Mar 30, 2004
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.
Leaves you begging for more Oct 20, 2000
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 this site, I would have paid ten times as much for this book. God Rest His Soul.