Old Time Hollywood Portraits On The Set…But Off Camera

Photographer Bob Willoughby took many photos while on the set of Hollywood movies in the 1950’s through the 1970’s that captured behind the scenes images of some of the most famous movies of the time with its most famous actors. An exhibition is now being put together by Proud Chelsea displaying the ‘Silver Age of Hollywood’ using many of Willouhby’s best portrait pictures.

Ann Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman in “The Graduate”. 1968
James Dean on the set of “Rebel Without A Cause” in 1955.
Frank Sinatra while on the set of “Marriage On The Rocks” 1965.
Jane Fonda rehearsing to herself on the unlit set of “They Shoot Horses Don’t They?” 1969
Natalie Wood. “The Great Race” in 1964.
All of these portraits have the same thing in common. The actors did not know they were being photographed! This just proves some of the better portrait photos are candid shots which capture natural emotion without anything being set up.
– jstoeck

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