Getty Images Archive is delighted to welcome the work of photographer Gaby as the latest additional to our historical portrait offering.
Born Gabriel Desmarais in Québec in 1926, Gaby started his career taking pictures of the stars who came to Montreal to perform, including the likes of Mickey Rooney, Sammy Davis Junior and Duke Ellington, building enough of a reputation to be asked to photograph then Canadian Prime minister Louis Saint-Laurent.
By the mid 1950s he travelled to Europe, shooting portraits of many well known figures in politics and the arts in the UK and France, before legendary film director Cecil B. DeMille, impressed by Gaby’s portraits of him, invited him to come to Hollywood and gave him access to its biggest stars. As a result, over the following years, he shot the who’s who of the movie capital of the world in its heyday: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Jane Russell, Jayne Mansfield, Richard Burton, Kirk Douglas, with whom he developed a friendship, Zsa Zsa Gabor and dozens of others.
In 1959, he was invited to exhibit his work in Moscow and was allowed to travel all over the USSR to photograph its greatest artists and its ordinary people, one of very few North American photographers granted access during the Cold War
With an archive stretching from King Hussein of Jordan, Nehru, Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Grace of Monaco to Bertrand Russell, Pablo Neruda, Jean Cocteau, Charles de Gaulle and hundreds more, his work leaves us a stunning and unique document of some of most influential writers, artists, politicians, movie stars, musicians and thinkers of the 20th century.
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