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Title

Kim Novak, talking on the phone at her home in Los Angeles, CA

1956


Artist

Sid Avery

United States of America

1918 - Jul 2002


About

Sid Avery was an American photographer who was best known for capturing the private moments of legendary Hollywood celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Marlon Brando, Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn, as seen in his book, 'Hollywood at Home: A Family Album 1950-1965', published in 1990.
Avery's work in the 1950s and 60s was a departure from the glamorized portraits of an earlier Hollywood era when images of the stars were tightly controlled by the major film studios. It was often featured in publications such as Life, Look, Colliers and The Saturday Evening Post.


Details


Date

1956


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

gelatin silver photograph


Edition

13/70


Dimensions

38.4 x 36.5 cm image; 50.5 x 40.5 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed verso l.c., pencil "Sid Avery". Dated verso, "... 1956...".


Credit

Gift of the artist 1992


Accession number

153.1992


Artist information

Sid Avery

Works in the collection

30


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


  • Hollywood at home, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 31 Jul 1992–05 Oct 1992

  • Shadow Catchers, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Feb 2020–2021


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Sandra Byron, Hollywood at Home: Photographs by Sid Avery, Sydney, 1992. cat.no. 18