John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Cannes, 1971
Jane Fonda, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1966
Marilyn Monroe and Jerry Strasberg (The Actor’s Studio), New York, 1961
President John F. Kennedy and Charles de Gaulle, Paris, 1961
Ray Charles, Paris, 1961
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Paris, 1963
Bob Dylan, Paris, 1966
Andy Warhol, Paris, 1977
The Passionate Eye of Claude Azoulay: Legendary Portraits of Our Times
Photography by: Claude Azoulay, Paris, France
Leaving school at the time of post-World War II, an era when France was being rebuilt and when everything seemed possible, Claude Azoulay began working at France’s Paris-Match magazine in 1954. Having covered the Algerian war, the Six-Day War and many others, his career followed some of the most dramatic events during the second-half of the twentieth century. In addition, his photo-journalism work took him on travels to Saint-Tropez and Cannes, as well as to the major studios and movie sets in London and Hollywood. Azoulay served as an exemplary part of the of great photo-journalism staff at Paris-Match for more than forty years, departing in 1996 to seek other adventures in the world.
Looking through a list of Azoulay’s photographic portraits made of stars and other celebrity figures is akin to opening an encyclopedia of film. Azoulay photographed everything that he could; his portraits of celebrities are so alive and include brilliant images of Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve, Elizabeth Taylor, Faye Dunaway, Barbara Streisand, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Kirk Douglas, Jane Fonda, Francis Bacon, Peter O’Toole, John Wayne, François Mitterand and countless others. He did not steal their images; rather, they lent him their souls in an attentive and caring mirror. And thus his body of work has become an important portrait of our time.
Juliette Greco, Jean Seberg, Deborah Kerr and David Niven, Paris, 1957
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