Lauren Bacall, 2011.iCons project for Elton John AIDS Foundation

Miss Bacall lived in the famous Dakota Building in NY, made infamous for the killing of John Lennon on the steps outside. Due to this fact, photography or filming is not allowed in the building at all. I was told I would have to disguise my equipment and go to the building under the guise of "a friend stopping by for a visit." I took minimal equipment and packed it into two small bags, to enable me to take a close up head and shoulders portrait and climbed the stairs to her apartment. Due to a double hip operation Miss Bacall was not able to manoeuvre far so I suggested I set up where she was sitting and just used a piece of black velvet as a backdrop. Ms Bacall entertained me with stories of Bogey, Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy; whilst she was chaining smoking and eating pistachio nuts. I was ready to do a lighting test and just asked her to look at the camera and I took one shot. And it was this one shot that turned out to be my favourite, a non smiling totally naked and striped back portrait.

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Photoshoot Details

Location : Lauren Bacall's Apartment,                                                              Dakota Building, New York
Date        : 2011
Artist       : Lauren Bacall


Giclée fine art print.


Small: 51 x 61 cm (20 x 24") | Edition: 70

Medium: 76 x 102 cm (30 x 40") | Edition: 50

Large: 102 x 152 cm (40 x 60") | Edition: 30


Each print is signed, numbered and embossed by the artist.

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Black or white painted ash frames with a matt lacquer.

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Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924, in New York City.

She was named the 20th greatest female star of Classic Hollywood cinema by the American Film Institute, and received an Academy Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2009, "in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures."

Lauren Bacall was a fashion mag cover model before landing her debut film role in To Have and Have Not, co-starring with Humphrey Bogart, whom she would marry.

A decades-long career ensued with movies that included Key Largo, A Woman's World, Murder on the Orient Express, The Fan, The Portrait and The Mirror Has Two Faces.

Bacall died on August 12, 2014 at the age of 89.