Basquiat to The Beatles: Some of the World’s Most Stunning Portrait Photos

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Richard Corman, Basquiat III/Courtesy Peter Fetterman Gallery
Richard Corman, Basquiat III/Courtesy Peter Fetterman Gallery

In The Power of Photography, out now from ACC Art Books, famed gallerist and art collector Peter Fetterman has curated 120 images that he holds dearest to his heart—many of them humanist portraits of celebrities.

“I tried to achieve a balance of iconic images and those that no one has ever seen before because to me that is the joy of collecting,” Fetterman tells The Daily Beast. “I get as much pleasure and inspiration from all of them regardless of the acknowledged stature of its maker.”

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Some of the highlights of the book include William Clift’s portrait of George O’Keefe, Yousuf Karsh’s capture of Winston Churchill, Neil Leifer’s Muhammad Ali, Nikki Kahn’s vision of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Eve Arnold’s Malcolm X.

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According to Fetterman, “those that are at the top of the list are Paul Caponigro’s ‘Two Pears’ [which] is just pure beauty. Lisa Law’s ‘Bob Dylan,’ because I’m a big fan, and Dan Budnik’s ‘Martin Luther King,’ because it is deeply humbling and so powerful.”

“I call them my wall of heroes and heroines,” he adds.

Below are some portraits from The Power of Photography, which you can see here exclusively:

<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Malcolm X by Eve Arnold, 1961.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Estate of Eve Arnold/Courtesy Peter Fetterman Gallery</div>

Malcolm X by Eve Arnold, 1961.

Estate of Eve Arnold/Courtesy Peter Fetterman Gallery
<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>John Lennon and Paul McCartney.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">David Bailey/Courtesy Peter Fetterman Gallery</div>

John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

David Bailey/Courtesy Peter Fetterman Gallery
<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Our Cat Ulysses and Martine’s Shadow, 1988.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Courtesy Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris /Courtesy Peter Fetterman Gallery</div>

Our Cat Ulysses and Martine’s Shadow, 1988.

Courtesy Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris /Courtesy Peter Fetterman Gallery
<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Ford Model VIII Bathing Cap, New York City, 1991.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Len Prince Photography & Papers/Emory University/Courtesy Peter Fetterman Gallery</div>

Ford Model VIII Bathing Cap, New York City, 1991.

Len Prince Photography & Papers/Emory University/Courtesy Peter Fetterman Gallery
<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Bob Dylan at The Castle Solarium, Los Angeles, California, 1966.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Lisa Law/Courtesy Peter Fetterman Gallery</div>

Bob Dylan at The Castle Solarium, Los Angeles, California, 1966.

Lisa Law/Courtesy Peter Fetterman Gallery
<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Yves Saint-Laurent, Paris, 1964.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Marc Riboud/Courtesy Peter Fetterman Gallery</div>

Yves Saint-Laurent, Paris, 1964.

Marc Riboud/Courtesy Peter Fetterman Gallery
<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Jackson Pollock painting in his studio, Springs, Long Island, N.Y., 1949.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Martha Holmes/Courtesy Peter Fetterman Gallery</div>

Jackson Pollock painting in his studio, Springs, Long Island, N.Y., 1949.

Martha Holmes/Courtesy Peter Fetterman Gallery
<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Ashaninka, State of Acre, Brazil, 2016.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Sebastião Salgado/Amazonas images/Courtesy Peter Fetterman Gallery</div>

Ashaninka, State of Acre, Brazil, 2016.

Sebastião Salgado/Amazonas images/Courtesy Peter Fetterman Gallery

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