Today's incessant paparazzi means we're never short of photos of Kate Middleton's skirt being blown up or Kelly Brook on the beach. But still, a real, intimate photo of a celebrity is a huge rarity.
Fifty years ago, photojournalist John Dominis took this uncontrived shot of actor Steve McQueen and his then-wife, actor, singer and dancer Neile Adams, taking a sulfur bath in their home: capturing their relationship's raw chemistry.
Whether photographing film stars, animals or athletes, Dominis absorbed himself in his subjects, often spending weeks familiarising himself with them. His partner, Evelyn Floret, described him as a ‘fly on the wall’ with his subjects: a practice embodied in the month he spent with Steve McQueen in 1963.
Dominis’ work embodies diversity. From photographing everything from big cats in Africa to the Kennedy brothers, from shooting the Woodstock music festival to capturing the iconic black-power salute at the 1968 Olympics, variety is just one of many attributes Dominis is remembered for.
Floret spoke after his death in December 2013, “He really saw goodness in the world.He was able to capture it and impart it and share, in his brilliance, the goodness underlying his talent.”
“We chose this print for it’s quiet impact and emotional depth.” Says Lisa Temple, Manager of Curation and Content from art.co.uk. “Team it with a selection of different sized iconic photographs from our John Dominis collection, or keep things simple on a white washed brick wall with a clean black frame”.
Actor Steve McQueen and wife taking sulfur bath at home, premium photographic print by John Dominis from Art.co.uk