“I was assigned by the “Saturday Evening Post” to do a few pictures of Brando on his first visit to Los Angeles for a film. He was living in a little shack up in Beverly Glen. I had called to get permission to shoot and he said “I can’t give you any time really but if you want to come in for a quick shot, I’ll do it.” He was extremely relaxed, innovative and was thoroughly enjoyable. Plus I must say he was a very rewarding photographic subject even though he had an aversion to publicity and very little time for our shoot because he had to leave for New York. However, he gave me one of my best home layouts.”
I don’t think there is an American actor more revered and celebrated than Marlon Brando. Throughout a 60 year career which included such highlights as “On the Waterfront”, “A Street Car Named Desire”, “The Wild One”, “Mutiny on The Bounty” and “The Godfather” he is for sure and will always be “the actor’s actor”.
But here he is captured by Sid Avery in a true 1950’s moment playing the bongos surrounded by African art. Relaxed and not intense, at home, just being a normal guy well at least for a few minutes.
Peace and love,
Sid Avery (1918-2002)
Marlon Brando with Bongo Drums in the Den of his Beverly Glen Home, 1955
Signed, titled, dated in pencil on verso
Artist stamp on verso
Gelatin Silver Print
20 x 16 inches
Edition 18 of 70
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