LomoCelebs: Brad Pitt's Black & White Portraits of Angelina Jolie


Take a look into the private lives of Hollywood’s power couple in these monochrome photographs by Brad Pitt himself! Using rare tech pan film, Brad captured his family’s intimate moments for W magazine, starring the stunning Angelina Jolie. If you think Brad does well in front of the camera, wait until you see him work behind it.

Besides starring in countless blockbuster movies and looking damn good in them, Brad is also keen on filmmaking and photography. The Hollywood hunk has been spotted with cameras before, including Lomography’s own Fisheye No. 2 and Spinner 360, but none of his personal photos have been made public until the November 2008 issue of W magazine which is probably one of our favourite reads ever!

Brad with a Leica (Interview, March 2007) and the W issue featuring Angelina Jolie via Brad’s lens (W, November 2008).

W’s Creative Director Dennis Freedman wanted a different perspective for their next feature of Angelina Jolie, revealing an angle yet unseen of one of the most photographed women in the world. The answer couldn’t have been more obvious and ambitious. “I was surprised that Brad accepted the challenge,” said Freedman as Brad Pitt showed interest and enthusiasm in shooting the portraits himself.

“One Week,” Brad’s portfolio, showcases private moments in the Jolie-Pitt household which was, at the time, a mansion in Provence, France. Here’s the interesting anecdote on which types of film he used and how he got his hands on them:

Those voluptuous lips are unmistakably Angelina. Photographs by Brad Pitt

“For a hobbyist, Pitt certainly knew what he wanted. He was determined to shoot Jolie with *Kodak* Tech Pan film, which hasn’t been manufactured for four years. Photo Editor Nadia Vellam located 40 rolls of the stuff on eBay, which a courier then hand-carried to Pitt in France, where the couple have been hiding out since June. A week later Pitt called; he needed more film. Vellam’s first source was tapped out. She finally tracked down a guy who offered her 30 rolls—in Israel. She then had mere hours to find someone in Tel Aviv who could get on a plane to France with the film that very day. "

Doing ordinary things like eating, sleeping, and lazing around. Photographs by Brad Pitt

“Pitt also wanted to try a specialized film used in World War II–era movies. That was a no-go. One of Vellam’s sources instead recommended *Ilford* to achieve the same romantic, grainy quality. Assistant Bookings Editor Will Higdon-Sudow hopped a flight with it and made the handoff in a hotel lobby. The results speak for themselves.”

Maybe I’m biased because I’ve had a little crush on Brad since I was 10 (Fight Club?) but I think the photographs are great. Not because they are technically well-executed, but because Freedman achieved what he wanted from the get-go: to give readers a closer, sanctioned look into the the lives the couple constantly tries to keep away from prying eyes.

The wife and mother. Photographs by Brad Pitt

There’s a sense of self-aware narration in the shared images, yet somehow, with the classy choice of black and white film and the way light finds Brad’s subjects (or vice versa), there is an even greater sense of ennui and mystery that leaves me wanting to see more. For that alone, the endeavor is a success.

Freedman notes that previously, he already noticed Brad’s attention to detail. “Last time we collaborated, I was struck by his sensitivity to the subtleties of photography. I knew that he possessed a highly tuned critical eye and would be very demanding of himself. Still, I wasn’t prepared for the beauty and intimacy of the images he made of Angelina and the children.”

Sources include Lomography, W Magazine, and Everyday I Show.

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written by denisesanjose on 2012-06-18 #people #art #lifestyle #black-and-white #ilford #analogue-photography #kodak #portraits #celebrity #analogue-cameras #spotted #angelina-jolie #brad-pitt #tech-pan #lomocelebs #lomocelebs-series #w-magazine


  1. buckshot
    buckshot ·

    I'm impressed - he's actually a pretty good photographer! But having Angelina as your subject makes it kind of hard *not* to get great results ;-)

  2. boredbone
    boredbone ·

    i second that @buckshot

  3. dkformsma
    dkformsma ·

    Love the photos. They have a very intimate feel to them... I'd like to see more! Do we know with what camera he shot them?

  4. ihave2pillows
    ihave2pillows ·

    Love it ~ Good job, Brad!

  5. eskimofriend
    eskimofriend ·

    Breathtaking!!! aside from her being one of the most striking women ever and beautiful kids I think he just captured the most amazing moments... i ♥
    plus I don't think any digital camera can make natural artistic grain like that yet - best example!

  6. plasticpopsicle
    plasticpopsicle ·

    He got 30 rolls, and asked for more. What a voraciously hungry snapshooter! <3 Great photos, Brad!

  7. zekalinova
    zekalinova ·

    BEAUTY!! and Great Shots! :)

  8. mrjava
    mrjava ·

    Are all the photos on this page in those magazines?

  9. kangiha
    kangiha ·

    great shots

  10. dylanl
    dylanl ·

    Great article! Brad is a great photographer, and Angelina is a perfect model!

  11. jasminfish
    jasminfish ·

    wow... I loved these! I love the grains too. I like it how Brad isn't jealous or selfish about his wife beauty... way to go!

  12. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·

    Must be nice.

  13. devildi
    devildi ·

    wohooo great shots....

  14. stonerfairy
    stonerfairy ·

    WOW!!! Beautiful shots!!

  15. soundfoodaround
    soundfoodaround ·


  16. ucinz
    ucinz ·

    she looks like goddess! :o

  17. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    Wow these are great photos, I love the one of the daughter wearing the high heels, so precious <3

  18. af-capture
    af-capture ·

    Nice article

  19. tychored
    tychored ·


    Pitt's photo weapon of choice is a Leica - either a 6, 7, or MP. I can't tell by the Interview cover pic.

  20. gepo1303
    gepo1303 ·

    well done, Brad!

  21. zf
    zf ·

    I have a roll of technical pan sitting in my film stock. Who wants it?

  22. feelux
    feelux ·

    whoa. Awesome read! Gotta try to get that magazine haha :D

  23. erikagrendel
    erikagrendel ·


  24. jourdanlynch
    jourdanlynch ·

    And here's me having to budget in order to buy two rolls of HP5 this month hahaha.

  25. ellaruth
    ellaruth ·

    Wonderful photographs! so jealous of her beauty too

  26. amckean
    amckean ·

    These are really stunning. Truly. As a photographer, myself, and a passionate one at that, I'm so impressed. He captures the essence of his subject. These are not flat or mediocre in any way. I'd be impressed if he weren't "Brad Pitt". He clearly sees the inner beauty Angelina possesses. I'm moved by these. Just Gorgeous. I love that he bravely uses film. Film is a lost art. God, these are spectacular.

  27. amckean
    amckean ·

    She's a goddess.

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