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See Guy Webster’s Iconic Portraits of the Stones, Jack Nicholson and More

Check out photos of the Doors, Nico and more from the new book ‘Big Shots: Rock Legends and Hollywood Icons’

Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson

Guy Webster

Throughout his decades-long career, photographer Guy Webster has captured some of the most iconic figures in music, film and politics – from the Rolling Stones to Dean Martin to Bill Clinton – during their prime. His work was recently collected for the book Big Shots: Rock Legends and Hollywood Icons, The Photography of Guy Webster, which was released in October via Insight Editions. 

Check out some of the collection's most striking images – along with Webster's own commentary – in this eclectic gallery, which includes an early Jack Nicholson headshot, a quirky photo of James Coburn inspired by the great Renaissance painters and Jim Morrison's moody gaze on the Doors' first LP cover.   

The Doors

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Guy Webster

The Doors

"It's been more than 46 years since I did that first Doors photo session. I'll tell you why it endures: It's the image of the one big face on a cover. It's that powerful. There are some beautiful album covers that are fully abstract. But you don't have the emotional connection that comes from having that powerful and beautiful face looking at you. Look, the Doors were a unit, onstage and in the recording studio. But this was a first photo session, and I spotlighted the lead singer. I wasn't thinking and positioning Jim as the quarterback of their team. I wanted to make it beautiful. His face was beautiful. I knew it would get a lot of attention."

Barbara Hershey and David Carradine

Guy Webster

Barbara Hershey and David Carradine

"It was suggested I go to Barbara Hershey's house and take shots there. She was with David Carradine. They were actors who were also hippies. I related to them. I got to the street and there were a thousand stairs to climb to get to her house in the mountains of Laurel Canyon."

James Coburn

Guy Webster

James Coburn

"My major influences were painters like John Singer Sargent and the great Renaissance painters such as Bronzino, Piero della Prancesca and Caravaggio. You can see the Renaissance influence in this photo of James Coburn."

Jack Nicholson

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Guy Webster

Jack Nicholson

"I'd done some photo sessions with Jack Nicholson. I got to know him on the set of Easy Rider. He needed some pictures when he was a young actor and he had heard about me. So I said, 'Come on over.' I took a couple of headshots."

Turtles

Guy Webster

The Turtles

Captain Beefheart

Guy Webster

Captain Beefheart

leonard nimoy

Guy Webster

Leonard Nimoy