Commemorating 100 Years

Sid Avery and his Hasselblad

Audrey Hepburn. James Dean. Elizabeth Taylor. Iconic American photographer Sid Avery photographed them all, many of the shots taken with his Hasselblad 500C. Known for capturing the stars of Hollywood’s golden age, Sid showed another side of these celebrities in a candid, intimate way. Born on 12 October 1918, his centennial year is celebrated on 12 October 2018, commemorating his contributions to the art of photography and the preservation of Hollywood history through the lens of his camera.

© Sid Avery / mptvimages.com

James Dean on location for "Giant" in Marfa, Texas 1955
© Sid Avery / mptvimages.com

Raised in Los Angeles, California where he was mentored by his uncle Max Tatch, a landscape photographer, Sid learned the ins and outs of photography and the darkroom processes. While working at Morgan's Camera store on Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Hollywood, where many big-time photographers came by, Sid studied the craft by night at Art Center. This was followed by a position as a darkroom assistant. Finally, he opened his own studio shooting portraits of female theatre dancers.

Sid was then shipped out to Europe during Word War II where he ran the US army's photography division. Returning to Hollywood during its golden era, Sid became the celebrity photographer of choice during the 40s and 50s.


Elizabeth Taylor sunning herself while on location
in Marfa, Texas for the film "Giant"
© Sid Avery / mptvimages.com

Marlon Brando at his Beverly Glen home
in Los Angeles 1953
© Sid Avery / mptvimages.com

Being invited to their homes or simply catching them off guard in between filming scenes, Sid captured a side of Hollywood stars that no one had ever seen before. Thanks to his genuine, friendly nature that made his subjects feel at ease, he was able to show the public the private side of the biggest names in entertainment.

Sid Avery passed away on 1 July 2002. He was 83 years old.

Audrey Hepburn with her pet dog, Famous,
on the Paramount studio backlot 1957
© Sid Avery / mptvimages.com

Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Joey Bishop
stage a fight during the making of "Ocean's Eleven" 1960
© Sid Avery / mptvimages.com

Chris Gunn

Documenting NASA’s Work on Planet Earth

Blending science and tech with an abstract touch, NASA contract photographer Chris Gunn has been the lead photographer on documenting the construction of the James Webb Space Telescope since 2009.

Read more

Douglas Kirkland

My Evening with Marilyn and the Day Victor Hasselblad Stopped Me in the Street

Douglas Kirkland shot some of the most sensual and unforgettable images of Marilyn Monroe ever taken with his Hasselblad 500C. It’s the stuff that legends are made of, but even before that, Douglas had a chance encounter with Victor Hasselblad himself.

Read more

Tobias Hägg

Above Stockholm

Capturing the cityscape of the Swedish capital during golden hour, Tobias Hägg's imagery takes us on a journey from above, between Swedish homes and golden-topped trees neatly woven together in combination with wide expanses of the city stretching all the way to the horizon.

Read more

YANAN LI

From China to Sweden with a Hasselblad

Yanan Li fell in love with analog Hasselblad cameras while studying at university in Beijing. Over 40 years later, Yanan finds himself working as the official photographer for Stiftelsen Silviahemmet – founded and chaired by Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden – as well as for the Nobel Committee for The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the Stockholm County.

Read more

John Alexander

Generations

Adventure photographer John Alexander travelled to one of the least densely populated regions on Earth – the western reaches of Mongolia – to trace the traditions that lay at the heart of Kazakh culture and to capture the characters that form the fabric of their community.

Read more

Gleeson Paulino

Bold Brazil

Brazilian photographer Gleeson Paulino invites viewers to see contemporary Brazil from a new eye. Provoking the senses through a sublime colour flow and exquisite image juxtapositions, Gleeson’s series explores the beauty of Brazil’s bold diversity, from its people to its landscapes.

Read more

Four Photographers Along the Ganges River

Off to India to follow the Kumbh Mela, a Hindu pilgrimage that attracts over 100 million people to central India to bathe in the Ganges River, Gabriel Flores, Joe Greer, Jeremy Snell, and Dan Tom set out to document this cultural journey through their unique perspectives and individual photography styles.

Read more

Michael Najjar

outer space

Blending art, science and technology in his series outer space, Michael’s images taken with the H4D and H6D-100c document moments along the way in his preparation for space flight as he shows us just how much Earth and our solar system are interconnected.

Read more