Grace Kelly is one of the greatest icons of our times – and one of the most tragic. In 1954, she was presented with an Oscar, was at the zenith of her acting career and a fury of flashbulbs would follow her every move. She shone on film posters and in magazines, and yet sometimes the cool blonde’s gaze would come across as timid and presentimental.
The Kurpfälzische Museum Heidelberg has dedicated a new exhibition to famous photographs and rare shot of the legendary actress.
Howell Conant met Grace Kelly when she commissioned him for a shoot in Jamaica. The photographer, whose clients included John F. Kennedy, regularly worked for Grace and documented her transformation to Princess Gracia Patricia of Monaco. We have attached some images from the Jamaica commission.
Philippe Halsmann is renowned for his ‘jump pictures’, which capture celebrities such as Salvador Dalí and Richard Nixon mid air. He photographed Grace in front of a coloured background, providing the portraits with a glowing aura.
Milton Greene’s series was realised for Look magazine, November 1953. The magazine opted against the motifs after the shoot: they were too unusual, neither ladylike nor elegant. Grace wears the photographer’s jacket and comes across as more natural and modern. The photo was first published in 2001. The exhibition presents a total of 14 images from this series.
The three different photographers on show at the Kurpfälzische Museum provide us with three different views of the grand dame of beauty and fate.
Until 27 June 2010
Tue – Sun, 10:00 – 18:00