Thursday, May 2, 2013

Stunning Black-and-White Portraits of Angelina Jolie Taken by Brad Pitt in November 2008

Brad Pitt’s retro photography made an impact as it featured a completely new angle of one of the world’s most photographed women; his then wife, Angelina Jolie.

Commissioned to take the pictures by W magazine, he was reportedly determined to shoot with Kodak Tech Pan film, which hadn’t been produced for years. How did he get his hands on the film? Well, he’s Brad Pitt. W magazine’s Photo Editor Nadia Vellam located 40 rolls of the stuff on eBay, which a courier then hand-carried to Pitt in Provence, France, where the couple have been hiding out since June. A week later Pitt called; he needed more film. Vellam’s first source was tapped out. She finally tracked down a guy who offered her 30 rolls—in Israel. She then had mere hours to find someone in Tel Aviv who could get on a plane to France with the film that very day.

W magazine's November 2008 cover, shot by Brad Pitt.

The results were worth the effort, and feature wonderfully grainy shots that suggest an air of nostalgic romanticism; some are even a little eerie. Pitt clearly has a great eye for photography, and has worked with the natural light in his pictures.
“I was surprised that Brad accepted the challenge,” says W magazine’s Creative Director Dennis Freedman. “Last time we collaborated, I was struck by his sensitivity to the subtleties of photography. I knew that he possessed a highly tuned critical eye and would be very demanding of himself. Still, I wasn’t prepared for the beauty and intimacy of the images he made of Angelina and the children.”
Here are beautiful black and white portraits of Angelina Jolie taken by Brad Pitt for the November 2008 issue of W magazine.

(Brad's Photos: The Back Story, via Lomography)

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  1. I don't believe these were tken on Technical Pan film. Tech Pan is one of the finest grained film there is (or was). These look nothing like any Tech Pan shots I've ever seen.

    1. Where you there?? No... so hush

    2. Do you mean 'was I there'? No. I don't need to have been there to make a judgement of the results which are there to be seen. Unless you have something useful to add - you go hush youself.

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