In today’s world of instant information, not even a closed film set is a place of sanctity. It seems the second an actor loses their temper, recordings are immediately posted on websites, parodied on Family Guy and edited into comedy hip-hop tracks.
But it wasn’t always like this. Before camera-phones (and, in fact, before any kind of mobile phones), what happened on set, stayed on set. Until now, that is. Prior to becoming a film producer, Leo Fuchs was a freelance photographer who plied his trade on many of Hollywood’s biggest films during the Fifties and Sixties. He became friendly with iconic film stars, allowing him to capture candid moments of off-camera tomfoolery.
And, for the first time, the cream of these intimate images has been assembled for a new book of Fuchs’s work entitled — not entirely modestly — Leo Fuchs: Special Photographer.
The snaps are tantalising glimpses into a world where stars could act however they liked without worrying that they’d become a trending topic.
They can all be seen in Leo Fuchs: Special Photographer by Leo Fuchs, published by powerHouse books.
Sean Connery in Majorca, Spain during Woman of Straw, 1963
Alfred Hitchcock in his production office. Man’s Favorite Sport, USA. 1963.
Audrey Hepburn poses in the lush rainforest of the Congo in 1958 during the filming of The
Doris Day and Cary Grant
Doris Day and Cary Grant blow off some steam on the set of That Touch of Mink. Bermuda.
Frank Sinatra as a tough army lieutenant in the film Kings Go Forth shot in the south of
France during 1957.