Yul Brynner: A Photographic Journey

Yul Brynner

I’ve always enjoyed Yul Brynner’s movies, but until recently I had no idea that he was also an avid photographer.

After his death, his daughter went through 40 years of his photographs and compiled them into a set of four books. Here’s the descriptions from the website:

Bruce Weber so appropriately describes it as, “an expression” of Yul’s world. Indeed Life Style is a surprisingly simplistic portrayal of life as he wished to see it, unpretentious, comfortingly real, and utterly unglamorous at times. Intimate portraits of Elizabeth Taylor playing with her daughter in her swimming pool, Charlie Chaplin walking with Oona after a swim at La Reine Jeanne, and Audrey Hepburn aboard a gondola in Venice.

LIFE ON SET (Vol. 2)
Foreword written by Ingrid Sischy and the second of four books in the collection, Life on Set personifies a genuine sense of life behind the scenes. Through its unplanned expressions and out-of-focus backgrounds, the intent of the imagery becomes clear as it brings its subjects back into the reality of everyday life and emotion.  Yul Brynner knew how to take pictures of the most beautiful women, Sophia Loren, Ingrid Bergman, Anita Ekberg, and Joan Collins to mention a few.

1956 (Vol. 3)
Martin Scorsese introduces us with his foreword, to the colorful journey through the creation of some of Yul’s most memorable films made in 1956, The Ten Commandments, The King and I, and Anastasia.  The third volume documents the busiest year of his career, which resulted in an Oscar for his role in The King and I.

A nod to Yul himself is delivered with the fourth and last album. Foreword by Stefano Tonchi, Man of Style is a remarkable portrait of Yul and his undeniably vivacious spirit. Whether on set or at home, these images illustrate his love of photography, individuality, family, friends, and, quite simply, the art of living.

The books look pretty cool, but they are a bit on the steep side. Amazon is currently selling the set for $120. You can view a handfull of the images on the website, and here’s a video of his daughter being interviewed about the project.

Amazon Link: Yul Brynner: A Photographic Journey

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