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Famous faces
Henry Wolf Collection, Series 10: Slides. Audrey Hepburn. Photograph by Henry Wolf.
September 06, 2013

Famous faces

By: zacharysachs

Henry Wolf, in addition to being one of the most accomplished art directors of his time, was also a photographer often enlisted to record the talents and celebrities of his day. A protégé of Alexey Brodovitch while at Harper’s Bazaar, when he later commissioned work for the infant Show magazine he was in a position to enlist the talents of such legendary photographers as Robert Frank, Richard Avedon, Hiro, and Saul Leiter.

Photo Portrait of Woody Allen, seated in a chair and leaning against a vacant desk.

 
Woody Allen, photograph by Henry Wolf. Kodachrome.

His own photography, while perhaps not as distinctive as any one of those greats, was typically rich and technically impeccable. This is evident in the collection of slides among the Wolf Collection, where these outtakes (largely from the late 70s and early 80s) are just a few of innumerable shots all of which are perfectly lit and exposed.

Photo Portrait of Candice Bergen wearing a black top and netted veil.

 
Candice Bergen, photograph by Henry Wolf. Kodachrome.

Photo Portrait of Dick Cavett in a formal suit.

 
Dick Cavett, photograph by Henry Wolf. Kodachrome.

Photo of Ian McKellen behind the stage, practicing in front of a messy desk and mirror.

 
Ian McKellen, photograph by Henry Wolf. Kodachrome.

Photo Portrait of Racquel Welch wearing a green floppy hat, faux fur, and holding a brown Pomeranian dog.

 
Racquel Welch, photograph by Henry Wolf. Kodachrome.

Photo Portrait of Meryl Streep with a strip on light exposing her right eye.

 
Meryl Streep, photograph by Henry Wolf. Kodachrome.

This one for a New York magazine piece on Kramer vs. Kramer. Wolf’s photograph of the film’s other star, Dustin Hoffman, in the sequel to this post.