++++Star Photographers Tell How They Got The ShotBy VANESSA FRANKO
The Press-EnterpriseElizabeth Taylor wanted to be seen as a survivor after she had a tracheotomy. Frank Sinatra didn't like photographers. Mae West knew the exact light in which she wanted to be photographed.
Those were just some of the moments that Hollywood portrait photographers Michael Childers, William Claxton and Douglas Kirkland shared during a workshop at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Saturday.Claxton talked about photographing Sinatra during a down point in the crooner's career. Sinatra hadn't had a hit for a while, and Claxton was sent to shoot him as he recorded "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning." Sinatra received accolades from the orchestra immediately after the take.
"He did a little dance and clowned around with me," Claxton said. "Then he jumped into a harp case."
Claxton took the image with Sinatra playfully poking his head out of the case.
Kirkland shared the story of how his career in Hollywood was launched with his portrait of Taylor, who hadn't agreed to be photographed. Kirkland joined a writer from Look magazine and extended his goodbye and shook Taylor's hand long enough for her to agree to the photos.
Childers remembered getting a chance to meet Greta Garbo and West at a party and asking West if he could shoot her one day while she was filming "Myra Breckinridge."
She agreed, Childers said, as long as it wasn't on the set near Raquel Welch.
Childers remembered walking into her trailer and seeing that she had pink spotlights lined up exactly where she wanted them.
"Now you can photograph me," she told him.
The artists' works are featured at the M Modern Gallery in placeCityPalm Springs in the "Blow Up" show through Jan. 21.
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