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Meryl Streep, "Plenty"Photo by Brigitte Lacombe How many photographers can count Meryl Streep, Gregory Peck, Jimmy Carter, François Truffaut, Nelson Mandela and Louise Bourgeois among their many subjects? New York-based French snapper Brigitte Lacombe displays her vast array of...

Meryl Streep, "Plenty"
Photo by Brigitte Lacombe

How many photographers can count Meryl Streep, Gregory Peck, Jimmy Carter, François Truffaut, Nelson Mandela and Louise Bourgeois among their many subjects? New York-based French snapper Brigitte Lacombe displays her vast array of portraits in her new retrospective book "Lacombe anima/persona," out June 30th from STEIDL/dangin.

The hefty, stark 420-page tome showcases images from over more than three decades of toil from 1975-2008. Kevin Kline sports his "Hamlet" makeup from a 1999 production; Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda are caught off duty while filming "9 to 5"; and Bob Dylan hangs out on his California ranch.

And Lacombe¹s settings--everything from the Cannes Film Festival to the Paris Peace Accords--are as diverse as her human models, a product of her deep cultural immersion. Since her early beginnings as an apprentice at Elle, she has worked as a behind-the-scenes photographer on the film sets of directors like Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Mike Nichols and Sam Mendes; been a staff photographer for Lincoln Center Theater for seven years, and shot stories for Conde Nast Traveler.

Talk about range.

For more information on "Lacombe anima/persona" please visit http://www.steidlville.com/books/812-Lacombe-anima-l-persona.html

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