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Them and Their Cameras: Vintage Hollywood Superstars

We've just seen various actors and actresses and their cameras in their portrayals of different roles in the movies, fiction and based on real events, as photographers. Now, let's go behind the scenes and say cheese as these Hollywood stars hold their vintage cameras up!

Black and white is beautiful — especially if the photographs are adorned with the glamorous faces of vintage Hollywood! Here is a collection of various actors and actresses, with the films they were known for, caught on camera with their cameras.

James Dean, taking a photograph of Anna Maria Pierangeli. Known for East of Eden (1955), Rebel Without a Cause (1955), and Giant (1956). (see also: James Dean: A Movie Icon With an Eye for Photography and Influential Photographs: James Dean on Times Square, 1955 by Dennis Stock)

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Anne Bancroft. Known for The Miracle Worker (1962), The Graduate (1967), and The Elephant Man (1980).

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Audrey Hepburn. Known for Roman Holiday (1953), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), and My Fair Lady (1964).

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Brigitte Bardot. Known for …And God Created Woman (1956), Contempt (1963), and Viva Maria! (1965).

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Cary Grant. Known for His Girl Friday (1940), North by Northwest (1959), and Charade (1963). (see also: Alfred Hitchcock: The Man in Black and White)

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Cyd Charisse. Known for Singing in the Rain (1952), The Band Wagon (1953), and Brigadoon (1954).

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Elizabeth Taylor and Eva Marie Saint. Known for Giant (1956) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966); On the Waterfront (1954) and North by Northwest (1959) , respectively.

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Elvis Presley. Known for Love Me Tender (1956), Jailhouse Rock (1957), and Viva Las Vegas (1964).

Ginger Rogers. Known for The Gay Divorcee (1934), Top Hat (1935) and Swing Time (1936).

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Grace Kelly. Known for Dial M for Murder (1954), Rear Window (1954), and To Catch a Thief (1955). (see also: Alfred Hitchcock: The Man in Black and White)

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Humphrey Bogart. Known for The Maltese Falcon (1941), Casablanca (1942), and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948).

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Joan Leslie. Known for Sergeant York (1941), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), This Is the Army (1943).

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Marilyn Monroe. Known for The Seven Year Itch (1955), Some Like It Hot (1959), and Let’s Make Love (1960). (see also: Influential Photographs: Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch, 1954 by George Zimbel)

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Mary Pickford, taking a photograph of her husband Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. Known for The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917), Stella Maris (1918), and Coquette (1929).

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Sean Connery. Known for Goldfinger (1964).

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Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier. Known for Gone with the Wind (1939) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1951); Rebecca (1940) and Spartacus (1960), respectively.

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Which of these photographs do you like most and why? Do you have other photographs of vintage stars with their cameras in their hands? Share it with us through a comment below.

Articles in the same series:
Them and Their Cameras: Female Photographers in the Movies
Them and Their Cameras: Male Photographers in the Movies

written by basterda

18 comments

  1. disasterarea

    disasterarea

    If you ever do a "musicians and their analogue cameras" you should use the cover for PJ Harvey's "4 track demos"
    http://4.bp.blogspot(…)box.php.jpg

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  2. basterda

    basterda

    @disasterarea: Thanks! I already have that in mind. Other suggestions are welcome. :)

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  3. superlighter

    superlighter

    adorable gallery!

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  4. susielomovitz

    susielomovitz

    oh this is so beautiful! Brigitte bardot is so pretty and Sean Connery so sexy! hahahahaha!

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  5. gelibee

    gelibee

    We missed your articles @basterda! Brilliant as always :)

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  6. susielomovitz

    susielomovitz

    I want Brigitte's blonde hair....

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  7. exit14

    exit14

    Liz Taylor doesn't know how to use hers... LOL

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  8. michell

    michell

    @exit14 : Yes, she does. She's just using the build-in sportsfinder! ;)

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  9. courtneygawthorp8193

    courtneygawthorp8193

    The one with Marilyn Monroe is my favorite! It shows the artistic, smart side of her!

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  10. pomps

    pomps

    love the article. I want Audrey Hepburn's hat!

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  11. panelomo

    panelomo

    Andy Warhol is not exactly a hollywood superstar , but he does belong to this list i think. nice article as usual @basterda :)

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  12. basterda

    basterda

    Thanks, everyone! :) @panelomo, I have written a separate article about Andy Warhol, check it out if you haven't yet: http://www.lomograph(…)d-portraits

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  13. olen

    olen

    Awesome article. I wish the cameras were identified also.

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  14. basterda

    basterda

    @olen, I wish I could decipher what kind of cameras each of them were holding. Could anyone help us figure out the brands/models of the cameras? :)

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  15. mr-korn

    mr-korn

    Great article!!
    Here's me 2 cents:
    James Dean=Rolleiflex KA,
    Cyd Charisse=Leica IIc,
    Elvis= Leica M2,
    Marilyn Monroe= Rolleiflex RF,
    Sean Connery= looks like a Contax,
    Laurence Olivier= "White face" Rolleiflex
    No one likes a smarty-pants ....sorry

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  16. mr-korn

    mr-korn

    I meant sorry in advance :P

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  17. olen

    olen

    thanks guys

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  18. photochrom

    photochrom

    Please check out Vintage Camera Style blog: http://vintagecamera(…)tumblr.com/

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