Looking at contact sheets is always a cinematic experience, especially when the images are of classic Hollywood movie sets. You are looking through the photographer’s eyes as they search for the perfect shot. In the classic Hollywood era, behind-the-scenes photos were carefully vetted for marketing purposes and unapproved shots were never to be seen again. Hollywood Frame by Frame lays out hundreds of never-published photos from the sets of some of the most iconic films of the twentieth century. From Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Bus Stop and Raging Bull this book is a real treasure trove of the unseen silver screen. In the 30s, a “unit photographer” was a job on most projects to provide images for the growing media demand for celeb news. But most of the time the contact sheets were simply chucked. As photographer Bruce McBroom, who shot stills on the sets of films such as What’s Up Doc? and The Godfather Part II puts it:
“Most of Hollywood history has survived because someone dug it out of the trash.”
You can get Hollywood Frame by Frame here. Good Christmas gift.