©2000 Victor Skrebneski
Orson Welles, 1970 &
Bette Davis, 1971

In the 1970's, Skrebneski initiated his "black turtleneck series," a collection of moody, reductive portraits of celebrities wearing a black cashmere turtleneck that the photographer carried with him from session to session. He paired this shot of Orson Welles, whose fiercely cerebral presence floated above the actor's dark bulk which nearly filled the frame, with an imperious portrait of film star Bette Davis exuding her famous "I don't give a damn" persona. Other celebrities photographed for the series included Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Liza Minnelli, John Huston and George Hurrell.
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