Photographer Spotlight: Orlando Suero

L: Orlando Suero portrait with Rollieflex camera, c.1954 (b/w photo). R: Natalie Wood at home, 1966 (photo), Orlando Suero (1925-2019) / © Estate of Orlando Suero / Bridgeman Images

We're extremely pleased to announce that work from across the career of photographer Orlando Suero is now represented on Bridgeman Images. Suero had a long and colourful career - discover our overview and spotlights from the collection.

Orlando Suero (1925 – 2019) started snapping photos with the Kodak Jiffy his father gave him in 1939. He later attended the New York Institute of Photography and worked at camera shops and photo labs, including Compo Photo Color, where he printed the images for Edward Steichen’s monumental exhibition The Family of Man.

L: John F. Kennedy gives a speech, 1960 (b/w photo). R: John F. Kennedy with Jackie Kennedy and daughter, Caroline, 1960 (b/w photo), Orlando Suero (1925-2019)

One of his first assignments was to spend five days in May 1954 with newlyweds Jacqueline and Senator John F. Kennedy at their Georgetown duplex, documenting their everyday lives. This was the beginning of a successful career during which he shot some of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood, among them Natalie Wood, Brigitte Bardot, Michael Caine, Paul Newman, Jack Nicholson, and Dennis Hopper.

L: Brigitte Bardot on the bed on the beach, 1965 (photo). R: Leonard Nimoy plays guitar, 1966 (b/w photo),
Orlando Suero (1925-2019)

Because of his friendly and unaffected approach, his subjects opened up to him and his camera in a way that not many others have been able to accomplish.

“If I’d realized what a wonderful photographer you were…I never would have been the jittery subject I was.” - JACKIE KENNEDY, 1954 (from a letter to Orlando Suero)

L: Odetta sings to childern on set of a TV special, 1959 (b/w photo). R: Tony Randall with lion (Zamba), on the set of 'Fluffy', 1965 (b/w photo), Orlando Suero (1925-2019)

We are proud to represent the work of Orlando Suero from across his exciting career in the archive. Discover our full selection here, from Brigitte Bardot's iconic bed shoot to Julie Andrews, Michael Caine and Natalie Wood.

L: Actress Wende Wagner with surfboards on the beach in Malibu, 1966 (photo). R: Margot Kidder on the grass, 1968 (photo), Orlando Suero (1925-2019) / © Estate of Orlando Suero / Bridgeman Images

 


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