Face to Face: The Photographs of Camilla McGrath

Face to Face: The Photographs of Camilla McGrath


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A revelatory collection of behind-the-scenes photographs of celebrities and cultural icons—from Joan Didion to the Rolling Stones to Nancy Pelosi. Featuring short essays from Fran Lebowitz, Harrison Ford, and more. 

"A treasure trove of celebrities at play in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s."

Camilla Pecci Blunt, a nonprofessional photographer who grew up between Italy and New York, was well placed to forge the path she did. Her mother was passionate about the arts, took photographs, painted, and collected artists around her, and had galleries in Rome and New York. The more than six hundred photographs in this book from the 1950s to the early 1990s capture our cultural icons in casual, playful moments.

After she married Earl McGrath in 1963, their homes—first in New York and then in Los Angeles—became gathering places for a wholly unexpected mix of people that Camilla documented in these surprising, in-the-moment photographs: Jackie Kennedy, Jerome Robbins, Sammy Davis Jr., Calvin and Kelly Klein, Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, Bruce Chatwin, Andy Warhol, Larry Rivers, Jean Tinguely, Frank O'Hara, Jasper Johns, Allen Ginsberg, the Rolling Stones, Bryan Ferry, Bette Midler, Jerry Hall, Keith Haring, Linda Ronstadt, Jerry Brown, Sharon Tate, Roman Polanski, John Waters, Joan Didion, Angelia Huston, Robert Graham, David Hockney, Michael Crichton, and Barbra Streisand, among many others.

Andrea di Robilant's essay, along with memories from Griffin Dunne, Vincent Fremont, Harrison Ford, Fran Lebowitz, and Jann Wenner, reveal the backstory of this irresistible look at the larger-than-life cultural figures of our time as you have never seen them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525656463
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/27/2020
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 157,076
Product dimensions: 9.60(w) x 12.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

CAMILLA MCGRATH (1925-2007) was born in Paris in 1925 and, over the course of her life, took more than sixty thousand photographs of her family and celebrated friends in Europe, New York, and California. ANDREA DI ROBILANT is a journalist and the author of five books of nonfiction, most recently Autumn in Venice: Ernest Hemingway and His Last Muse. He lives in Rome. GRIFFIN DUNNE is a director, writer, and actor. He lives in New York. VINCENT FREMONT is one of the founding directors of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. He is currently working on a variety of projects in the art and entertainment fields. HARRISON FORD is by profession an actor. He also serves as vice chair on the board of Conservation International. FRAN LEBOWITZ lives in New York City where she divides her time. JANN WENNER is the founder of Rolling Stone and lives in New York City.

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