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The Luminous Years: Portraits at Mid-Century

by Karl Bissinger

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I know and love Karl Bissinger (still with us at 92!). I have not lived through the '40s and '50s, nor am I impressed with many of the 'celebrities' of those days. Still, this small volume has exquisite photos of many authors, artists, and influential people. Some of the photos should be interesting and inspiring even for those who do not know or care for the 'subjects'. Last 7 pages give info about the people in the photographs.
Introduction by Gore Vidal, photographed by Karl in 1949.
  Anseynol | Oct 19, 2006 |
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Karl Bissinger dropped out of the world of photography some time in the late 1950s, but before then he spent ten years photographing the luminaries of cafe society and haute bohemia in New York, Paris and London. These photographs capture a lost, golden era of the cultural life. The subjects include Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, Gore Vidal, Christopher Isherwood and Katharine Hepburn. From the cafe scene in France he photographed Jean Renoir, Jean Cocteau, Colette and Jean Marais, and English luminaries include Aldous Huxley, Rex Harrison, Alec Guinness and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

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