Although Dennis Stock's work has been collected in numerous books, he remains best known for his unforgettable black-and-white photographs of James Dean, which soared beyond routine celebrity shots to reveal an intimate portrait of one of the first true celebrities.
Stock met Dean in Hollywood in January 1955 and, intrigued, began to photograph him. Following him on a visit from his birthplace in Fairmont, Indiana, to New York City, and back to Hollywood, Stock recorded unforgettable images of the young actor in both his professional and private worlds. The book contains pictures of Dean sharing a flirtatious smile, intimate vignettes of his return to Fairmount (a surreal scene at the farm shows Dean banging bongo drums for an audience of cows and pigs), a peek inside an Actors Studio session, and of course the now-classic portraits of Dean alone in a rainy Times Square that have become one of the foremost iconic images of the 20th century.
Stock reveals Dean as we will always remember him - including a shocking and tragically ironic series of photograph of the actor as he climbed into a coffin - for, within month of when the picture was taken, Dean would be dead. Published on the 50th anniversary of Dean's death, this collection of 80 duotones captures the spirit and humor of an extremely talented young man who represented the youth, awareness, and vitality of a generation.
Size: 13 1/4 x 10 1/4"
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, 2005)