LEO FUCHS: Special Photographer from the Golden Age of Hollywood

by Leo Fuchs
Essay by Bruce Weber
Introduction by Alexandre Fuchs

Hollywood / Cinema / Photography
Clothbound hardcover
10.75 x 13.75 inches
250 pages
200 color and black-and-white photographs
ISBN: 978-1-57687-558-2
$76.00 CAD


Leo Fuchs is a Hollywood veteran who spent over 40 years shooting some of the most moving and memorable images ever made of 50s and 60s film icons. Fuchs’ introduction to moviemaking came as one of the world’s leading “special photographers” on movie sets in Europe and North America. Starting as a freelance magazine photographer, he was one of the rare outsiders invited onto movie sets, where he often befriended movie stars and captured candid shots both during shooting, and after hours while socializing with the stars. With the support of his dear friend, Cary Grant, Fuchs went from set photographer to producer in 1964 and spent the next 20 years as a motion picture producer.

The resulting intimate photographs from Hollywood’s undisputed heyday are collected for the first time in Special Photographer: From the Golden Age of Hollywood with a rare essay by photography great, Bruce Weber. Film icons Rock Hudson, Audrey Hepburn, Paul Newman, Gregory Peck, Sean Connery, Shirley MacLaine, Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, Cary Grant, and never-before-published photographs of To Kill a Mockingbird’s Harper Lee as well as such legendary directors as Billy Wilder, Otto Preminger, Fred Zinnemann, and Alfred Hitchcock all appear unguarded—unlike any other photographs of the era. These images are complemented by pages of insider details taken from the recorded remembrances
of Leo Fuchs himself.

Special Photographer offers never-before-seen, insider photographs of the glamorous world of post-war Hollywood. It serves as a valuable piece of history and a reference for the glamour, style, attitudes, and personalities of the dream factory’s elite that define modern-day celebrity. With a career spent steadily rising through the ranks of production, from outsider to boss, Leo Fuchs saw it all. Now his personal vision has been captured, for the world to enjoy in Special Photographer.

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Leo Fuchs was born in Vienna to a family of pastry chefs in 1929 and moved to New York with his family at the age of ten. He sold his first picture (of Eleanor Roosevelt) for $5 when he was barely a teenager, then quit school at 14 to apprentice at Globe Photos in New York. He struck out on his own two years later, working in Broadway nightclubs and as a glamour photographer for newspapers and magazines. After serving as a Signal Corps cameraman in Germany in the early 50s, Fuchs stayed in Europe and was hired as a still photographer on his first film, Magic Fire, directed by William Dieterle.

Bruce Weber is a world-renowned art, documentary, and fashion photographer, filmmaker, and clothing designer. Weber came to prominence after being featured heavily in GQ and Interview magazines, and has created iconic advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Abercrombie & Fitch, among others. He has directed over five films including two full-length features—Chop Suey (2000) and A Letter to True (2004)—as well as a handful of music videos. He is also the author of several books including Branded Youth (Bullfinch, 1997) and Blood Sweat and Tears (teNeues, 2005).

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