Women’s Wear Daily
04.17.2014
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Candid Camera

LOS ANGELES — "I’d rather be on the other side of the camera," William Claxton moans while he is photographed. But with the show of his iconic images of Steve McQueen, which opened at the Fahey/Klein gallery in Hollywood over the weekend,...

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"He was so competitive that that made him want to learn photography," Claxton says. "I’m fascinated by people who are very intelligent, but aren’t sophisticated or educated. He was fantastically streetwise, but also very guarded. And sensitive. He always needed to be one jump ahead of everybody."

But according to Claxton, his good looks were not something McQueen was smug about. "He never thought he was good-looking," Claxton laughs. "I don’t think he saw himself as an alpha male icon of masculinity. I think he was more about, ‘What can I accomplish?’ and ‘How can I beat everybody?’"
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