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In the pre-paparazzi world, Hollywood studios carefully controlled the images of stars. Knowing that staged photo shoots made an actor more sympathetic with the public, studios set up their big names with pets - but not necessarily with ones they owned.

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Animals • Black-and-white • Entertainment • Historic Photos • Hollywood • John Kobal Foundation • U.S.
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Dan Winters, known for his iconic portraits of people of interest, has seen everyone from President Barack Obama to Mr. Rogers and Tupac Shakur through his viewfinder. He and the subject work together to produce a work with raw emotion and thought.

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Dan Winters • Entertainment • Photo Book • Photo Exhibit • Portraits
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Their traveling name is “The Light of the Little Stars,” a circus troupe of “little people” – people affected by dwarfism. Their small stature does not affect their big star status, said photographer Tatiana Ilina, who took pictures of the performers as they traveled through Russia.

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Entertainment • Portraits • Russia • Tatiana Ilina • World
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In 1985, actor Matthew Modine was drafted into Stanley Kubrick’s army for "Full Metal Jacket." Modine kept both a written and photographic diary of his experiences, during the making of Kubrick’s darkly comic, mesmerizing and ultra-violent Vietnam War masterpiece.

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Chris Buck became a celebrity photographer because he loves popular culture and experimental, on-the-fringe artwork, he said. His talent, combined with his dry sense of humor, led him to make portraits of celebrities in which the star hides within the frame.

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Chris Buck • Entertainment • Photo Book • Portraits
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During his 25 years in Chicago, music photographer Kirk West captured legendary blues, country and rock ‘n’ roll musicians on stage and off. His intimate photographs of candid moments have rarely been seen by the everyday music fan.

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Black-and-white • Entertainment • Kirk West • U.S.
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As Hollywood films replaced the live theater scene in the 1920s, producers responded to the public’s interest in the leading actors by photographing the rising stars. Film historian and collector John Kobal was one of the first people to view the promotional images as art.

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Legendary rock-and-roll photographer Jim Marshall spent time with musicians in a way that journalists could only dream of today. Before his death in 2010, he captured some of the most influential and personal moments in music history, including these previously unseen images of the Rolling Stones on tour in 1972.

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Entertainment • Jim Marshall • Music • Photo Book • Rolling Stones
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