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).

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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 on 2011-05-24 #lifestyle #vintage #cameras #hollywood #icons #them-and-their-cameras-series


  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"…

  2. basterda
    basterda ·

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

  3. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    adorable gallery!

  4. susielomovitz
    susielomovitz ·

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

  5. gelibee
    gelibee ·

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

  6. susielomovitz
    susielomovitz ·

    I want Brigitte's blonde hair....

  7. exit14
    exit14 ·

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

  8. michell
    michell ·

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

  9. courtneygawthorp8193
    courtneygawthorp8193 ·

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

  10. pomps
    pomps ·

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

  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 :)

  12. basterda
    basterda ·

    Thanks, everyone! :) @panelomo, I have written a separate article about Andy Warhol, check it out if you haven't yet:…

  13. olen
    olen ·

    Awesome article. I wish the cameras were identified also.

  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? :)

  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

  16. mr-korn
    mr-korn ·

    I meant sorry in advance :P

  17. olen
    olen ·

    thanks guys

  18. photochrom
    photochrom ·

    Please check out Vintage Camera Style blog:

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