Sid Avery, ‘Marlon Brando with bongo drums at his Beverly Hills home’, 1955, Staley-Wise Gallery

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About Sid Avery

After serving in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during WWII, Sid Avery returned to Los Angeles and carved out a genre-defining photographic career, taking pictures of Hollywood stars that revealed their personal, domestic sides to a hungry public. He shot for the top postwar publications, including The Saturday Evening Post, Look, and Colliers. Throughout the 1950s and ’60s, he was visiting the homes of the most glamorous celebrities, capturing, for example, Marlon Brando taking out the trash, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall with their son, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward relaxing on their couch, and a nearly nude Rock Hudson flipping through his record collection. Though highly staged, these moments of normalcy effectively humanized the stars. With the rise of television in the 1950s, Avery switched from still to moving images, ending his celebrated career as a director of commercials.

American , 1918-2002