There is a group of talented still photographers that are incredibly important to the world of moving images. They are a rarefied group called the Society of Motion Picture Still Photographers. I recently had the pleasure of attending A Single Frame, an exhibition in Los Angeles that celebrated 20 years of still movie and television photographs. In conjunction with the exhibition, the organization published A Single Frame, a commemorative book celebrating 20 Years of the Society and featuring the work of 56 photographers and 112 photographs. From Alfred Hitchcock’s set of Marnie to a cast reading of The Force Awakens, the book captures the world behind the scenes as it was and is.
©Lacey Terrell, Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle, Film: True Detective, Louisiana @2013 HBO
The Society of Motion Picture Still Photographers is a nonprofit honorary society dedicated to the art of motion picture still photography. The SMPSP goals include the archival preservation of historically and culturally important still photographs shot during the production of motion pictures and serves as a forum for its members to exchange ideas and discuss the ever-changing issues facing photographers today. The Society regularly donates to the Margaret Herrick Library at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. A Single Frame, the 20th Anniversary book, was released in early 2016.
Suzanne Hanover, former President of the SMPSP, said, “Our members have chronicled an incredible piece of the world’s cultural history. It is the role of the SMPSP to make sure that this art form is preserved and that our members have a community in which to share ideas and information. A Single Frame is a gorgeous look at the world that few see, and one that holds cultural relevance in an uncommon way. This book, of which we are so proud, not only celebrates the little seen moments of a global industry but also the gifted artists who have captured them.”
©Douglas Kirkland, Vanessa Redgrave, Film: Camelot, Burbank, CA @1967 Douglas & Francoise Kirkland
©Merrick Morton, Untitled, Film: The Big Lebowski, Los Angeles, CA @2013 Fox Searchlight
©Jaimie Trueblood, Santas, Film: Roswell, Pasadena, CA @2002 UPN
©Ralph Nelson, Untitled, Film: Revolución, Los Angeles, CA @2010 Canana/Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografia
©Peter Lovino, Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo, Film: The Artist, Los Angeles, CA @2011 The Weinstein Company
©Zade Rosenthal, Untitled, Film: Mars Attacks!, Red Lake, AZ ©1996 Warner Bros.
©Tony Rivetti Jr, Model T, Film: Changeling, Los Angeles, CA ©2008 Universal Pictures
©Andrew Schwartz, Meryl Streep, Film: Doubt, New York, NY, @ 2008 Miramax
©Macall Polay, Untitled, Film: Stoker, Nashville, TN, ©2013 Fox Searchlight
©Jessica Forde, Scarlett Johansson, The Elevator, Film: Lucy, Taipei, Taiwan ©2013 Universal Pictures/Europa Corp.
©Suzanne Tenner, Martin Landau, Film: Ed Wood, Los Angeles, CA © 1993 Touchstone/Buena Vista Pictures
©Elliott Marks, Milla Jovovich, Film: Million Dollar Hotel, Los Angeles, CA @1999 Icon Entertainment intl.
©David Strick, Set Dressing, Film: Deck the Halls, Los Angeles, CA ©2008 David Strick
©Scott Garfield, Above the Mat, Mark Ruffalo as Dave Schultz Film: Foxcatcher, Pittsburgh, PA @2012 Sony Pictures Classics/Annapurna Pictures
©David James, The Read Through, Film: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Pinewood Studios, UK, @2009 The Weinstein Company
©Melissa Moseley, Colin Firth, Film: A Single Man, South Pasadena, CA @2008 The Weinstein Company
©Anthony Friedkin, Jaws, Universal Studios Backlot, Hollywood, CA ©1978 Anthony Friedkin
©Andrew Cooper, Martin Scorsese on the set of Shutter Island, Film: Shutter Island, Outside Boston, MA, ©Paramount Pictures/Sikalia Films
©Suzanne Hanover, Jenna Elfman, Film: Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Nevada, ©2013 HBO
©Vince Valitutti, Matthew McConaughey and Brian Hooks Battle it Out Underwater, Film: Fool’s Gold, The Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, ©2008 Warner Bros.
©Jason Boland, Charlize Theron, Film: Mad Max: Fury Road, Australia, ©2015 Village Roadshow Pictures
©Barry Wetcher, Untitled, Film: Good Fellas, New York City, NY ©1989 Warner Brothers