Orlando Suero (*1925) started snapping photos with the Kodak Jiffy his father gave him in 1939.
He later attended the New York Institute of Photography and worked at camera shops and photo labs, including Compo Photo Color, where he printed the images for Edward Steichen’s monumental exhibition The Family of Man. One of his first assignments was to spend five days in May 1954 with newlyweds Jacqueline and Senator John F. Kennedy at their Georgetown duplex, documenting their everyday lives. This was the beginning of a successful career during which he shot some of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood, among them Natalie Wood, Brigitte Bardot, Michael Caine, Paul Newman, Jack Nicholson, and Dennis Hopper. Because of his friendly and unaffected approach, his subjects opened up to him and his camera in a way that not many others have been able to accomplish.
This monograph contains many never before seen images of celebrities from the 1950s to the 1980s that have remained in storage for over fifty years.
“If I’d realized what a wonderful photographer you were [ ] – I never would have been the jittery subject I was.”
– JACKIE KENNEDY
(from a letter to Orlando Suero)