Reel Art Press (R/A/P) is a very cool book publisher that remind us that while the digital world of publishing is popular and convenient, there are still some books that one should hold in one's hand, and put on a bookshelf or display on a coffee table.
Focusing on various aspects of pop culture, with an emphasis on icons like Audrey Hepburn and Michael Caine, R/A/P consistently delivers high production reprints of classic photos and supports them with intelligent, lively essays. Among my favorite boosk from R/A/P are 'Hollywood and the Ivy Look', 'Michael Caine: 1960s' and 'Hurrell', a collection of portraits by the greatest photographer of Hollywood's golden age.
The latest addition to my collection and my immediate favorite is a book of unpublished photos of Steve McQueen, 'The King of Cool', captured during arguably his most iconic phase, in 'Unseen McQueen', by Barry Feinstein.
Feinstein was one of the great contemporary pop culure photographers, shooting movie stars, on set photography, album covers and celebrity portraits. He was known for knowing where to be to get the shot he needed, without being intrusive.
Feinstein and McQueen were great friends and the photos included in 'Unseen McQueen' range from McQueen racing cars 1960, through 1968, where Feinstein was the onset photographer of one of the star's classic films, 'Bullitt'.
Available from Reel Art Press on November 21st, 'Unseen McQueen' offers a rare look at a motion picture superstar at the peak of his powers.