Seen Behind the Scene is chockfull of portraits that were taken on film sets by Mary Ellen Mark. Mark has worked as a "special stills photographer" on over 100 sets, taking documentary-style photographs of a wide range of actors. While some of us are not drawn to celebrities or their documentation, this book is one that portrays their very human sides. The photos appear candid, even when the subject is looking straight at the camera; such is Mark's magic. The photos in this book cover a long period from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s and include portraits of Fellini, Jack Nicholson, Cate Blanchett and Johnny Depp, among many others. A young Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, of all people, are particularly captivating.
Hardcover, 264 pages. Phaidon Press, 2008.